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How Sergio Ramos became football's foremost expert in Panenka penalties

Let me tell you a few things about Sergio Ramos and penalties.

If he's about to take one against your team, there's an 82 percent chance he'll score -- not bad. If he's taking it for Real Madrid rather than for Spain, that chance rises to 92 percent -- top-notch. Nowadays, there's a 100 percent chance his technique will be identical: six steps back, one to his left, right foot either dragged or cocked back just before it stamps down and then launches the ball off the penalty spot.

And there,...

Spain boss Luis Enrique compares team's scoring to Barcelona

Despite winning their opening match in Euro 2020 qualifying vs. Norway, questions remain over how good this new generation of Spanish players is.
Spain had to rely on a cheeky Panenka penalty from captain Sergio Ramos to beat Norway 2-1 in European Championship qualifying, at the Mestalla.

Spain coach Luis Enrique has brushed aside concerns about their scoring ability by pointing out that the national team have a better goal average than runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Spain needed a penalty by Sergio Ramos to see off Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 Group F qualifier and visit Malta on Tuesday aiming to continue their positive start to the campaign.

Forwards Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio squandered clear chances against Norway, but the Spain coach laughed off suggestions...

Germany's bold moves pay off vs. the Dutch, Spain still a work in progress

Fifteen years at the highest level gives a national team coach plenty of sporting capital. Enough, for example, to survive both a humiliating first-round exit at a World Cup and relegation from the inaugural Nations League. It also gave Joachim Low licence to make bold moves, and he certainly did that when Germany traveled to take on the Dutch in the pick of the weekend's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Having already dropped Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller, Low drew up a 3-4-1-2 system...

Spain boss Luis Enrique praises 'unique' Ramos after 'Panenka' winner

Despite winning their opening match in Euro 2020 qualifying vs. Norway, questions remain over how good this new generation of Spanish players is.
European Championship Qualifying: Sergio Ramos (71') Spain 2-1 Norway

Spain coach Luis Enrique hailed captain Sergio Ramos as "a unique player in history" after he scored a "Panenka" penalty to give his side a 2-1 home win over Norway in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday.

Real Madrid defender Ramos struck the winner from the spot after Joshua King had cancelled out Rodrigo Moreno's opening goal.

Ramos beat Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, chipping the ball down the middle of the goal to score a "Panenka" for the fifth time this season and leave Luis Enrique...