This article contains several mentions of penalties. Any fans of the England national team should look away now and re-watch footage of the 1966 World Cup final.
The semi-final of the Women’s Under-17 European Championships took place between Germany and Norway yesterday, and it was nothing short of historic.
Neither team could find a winner in normal time, meaning the game went to penalties. But can you spot what was different about the shoot-out?
The shoot-out featured a new ‘ABBA’ system, being trialled by UEFA, which mirrors the way in which tennis players serve out a tie-break.
Instead of alternating, Germany took first, followed by two penalties from Norway, two from Germany and so on.
The system is designed to limit the psychological disadvantage of having to follow in a penalty shoot-out.
But did it work?
Germany started with three penalty misses, but still went on to win the shoot-out.
But you already knew that. The Germans always win at penalties.