Euro diary: Paying penalty sure beats losing on the toss of a coin
01:00 GMT, 29 June 2012
Penalty shootouts may be hard on the unfortunate losers, but back in 1968 Italy made it to the final on the toss of a coin after their semi-final with the Soviet Union ended in a draw.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he didn't bottle a penalty against Spain last night, and would probably have volunteered to go second.
Do one, Ron: Portugal went out on spot kicks, but it could've been worse
On Wednesday we heard of the 'hardships' suffered by Spanish fans' drummer Manolo, who claims fame has ruined his life.
But there is, he says, 'nothing like representing your country'. I didn't realise the big guy (above) was in the team these days.
Seeing is believing
The media in Ukraine have claimed that the country's notorious prostitution industry has not been boosted by the presence of so many football tourists over the past few weeks.
Their researchers clearly didn't bother to go to the bars of Donetsk's two biggest hotels, then.
Nice try, Uefa
On their website, UEFA describe
attendances at matches here as 'stunning' and boldly claim that stadiums
have been filled to 98.6 per cent of capacity.
All I will say is that the guy who has been doing the counting must have double vision.
Sell out: The fans arrived in their droves, but most games weren't close to capacity
For the Ukrainian service industry, which tries to do it with a smile. Odd, though, that Wednesday's dinner of steak, chips and cheesecake was presented with the chips as the dessert – yes, the chips!
They don't even do that in Wigan.
For Sol Campbell. I'm sorry mate, I am sure you meant well, but no English fan came home in a box, did they
QUOTE OF THE DAY
'Maybe he was inspired by (Andrea) Pirlo. Maybe that influenced him a bit.'
Spain keeper Iker Casillas on Sergio Ramos's chip penalty against Portugal on Wednesday.