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How the penalty shootout records of the Euro 2012 quarterfinalists match up

The knockout stages of major tournaments are often decided from 12 yards, and Goal.com takes a closer look at how each of the final eight have fared in the past.

It's time for the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 and if previous tournaments are anything to go by, the eight remaining teams would do well to start practicing their penalties immediately.

Since Antonin Panenka's famous dinked effort against West Germany won the title for Czechoslovakia in 1976, only one European Championship finals has failed to produce a shootout, with a grand total of 11 matches having gone the full distance.

Ominously, the last four have all occurred at the quarterfinal stage so Spain, England, Italy, Germany and the rest will know they need to be prepared to take their chances in the lottery from 12 yards.

Goal.com investigates which sides may stand the best chance of keeping their nerve and those that could simply crumble under the pressure.

GERMANY V GREECE
GERMANY

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
6
5
1
26
2
  93%
GREECE

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
0
0
0
0
0
N/A

Everyone knows that the Germans don't lose penalty shootouts but their record in the European Championship is not actually that impressive. Four wins out of four in World Cups have given die Mannschaft an air of invincibility from the spot yet since the shock defeat to Panenka & Co. 36 years ago, they have only beaten England in this competition.

Still, they would surely be favorites should the showdown with Greece ended up being decided from the spot as the Euro 2004 champion has yet to contest a shootout at a major tournament. But, with the Bayern Munich contingent of Joachim Low's squad still having nightmares about their Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, anything is possible. 

CZECH REPUBLIC V PORTUGAL
CZECH REPUBLIC

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
3
3
0
20
0
 100%
PORTUGAL

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
2
2
0
9
3
  75%

With both sides currently boasting 100 percent records in shoot-outs won at major finals, something will have to give if this one goes the distance.

Four out of five of Czech Republic and Portugal's victories have come at previous European Championships, the solitary exception being the latter's triumph over England at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Panenka aside, the Czechs repeated their success in 1980 after the playoff for third place and booked a berth in the final at Euro 96 by beating France 6-5.

Having also seen off England on home soil in 2004, Portugal has yet to face anyone else other than the Three Lions in a shootout so may be vulnerable against a more clinical team - especially given that the Czech have yet to miss a single spot kick in 20 attempts. 

SPAIN V FRANCE
SPAIN

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
6
3
3
20
7
  74%
FRANCE

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
6
3
3
25
6
  81%

Boasting almost identical records, Spain and France have both experienced the highs and lows of penalty shootouts over the years.

La Roja will have good memories from their quarterfinal victory over the Italians four years ago and also reached the final in 1984 after beating Denmark. However, they did lose at this stage against England at Euro 96 and have also suffered the heartache twice at the World Cup - against Belgium and South Korea.

By contrast, Les Bleus have a superior record at the global event, but did lose the 2006 final against Italy. Their solitary victory on the European stage came against Netherlands in 1996, although they were eliminated by spot kicks in their very next match against those sure-footed Czechs.

ENGLAND V ITALY
ENGLAND

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
6
1
5
21
10
  68%
ITALY

NUMBER OF SHOOTOUTS
WON
LOST
PENALTIES SCORED
PENALTIES MISSED
SUCCESS RATE
7
2
5
26
11
  70%

The history books show that England and Italy are two of Europe's worst exponents of the art of penalty shootouts, having managed just three wins between them from a staggering 13 attempts.

The Three Lions did at least achieve their solitary victory at this stage of the European Championship in 1996 but have since lost out to Portugal twice in succession after the two infamous semi-final defeats to Germany.

Up until this century, Italy hadn't fared much better as it suffered four straight losses until finally breaking its duck against Netherlands in the semifinal of Euro 2000 and following that up with the World Cup final against France in 2006. But it reverted to type four years ago at this stage and has the unenviable record of having missed more spot kicks than any other team in the last eight.

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