Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
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Sergio Ramos scores another Panenka in Real Madrid Copa del Rey win

Sergio Ramos
Who will be the first keeper to win the battle of wits against Ramos?

Someday soon he's going to get caught out...

All it will take is for a goalkeeper to stand still in the middle of the goal and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos will look very silly indeed.

The central defender scored his seventh penalty of the season in a 4-2 Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg win over Girona - and his fourth 'Panenka' style chip down the middle.

"It's a very good personal moment and it's a way of expressing my way of being and feeling," said Ramos.

"As long as I keep getting it in! Goalkeepers wait for me more, and if they do not move, I'll have to try to put it to one side."

Ramos has become a master of the art, with former Czech midfielder Antonin Panenka - who lends his name to the technique - saying last year that he's the best in the current game.

Seven of Ramos' 15 career penalties have been Panenkas and the Spain captain - who became first-choice penalty taker for Real when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus - later took his tally of goals for the season to nine with a powerful header from a corner.

Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema also scored for Real as they took a two-goal lead into next Thursday's second leg.

Ramos' Real Madrid penalties this season (all scored)...

  • 15 August - 4-2 extra-time defeat by Atletico Madrid in Uefa Super Cup - bottom right corner
  • 26 August - 4-1 win at Girona in La Liga - Panenka
  • 1 September - 4-1 win over Leganes in La Liga - placed to right
  • 3 November - 2-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga - Panenka
  • 11 November - 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in La Liga - Panenka
  • 9 January - 3-0 win over Leganes in Copa del Rey - bottom left corner
  • 24 January - 4-2 win over Girona in Copa del Rey - Panenka

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 6NachoBooked at 45mins
  • 4RamosBooked at 62mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricSubstituted forKroosat 63'minutes
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forLlorenteat 59'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 24CeballosSubstituted forIscoat 70'minutes
  • 17Vázquez
  • 9Benzema
  • 28Vinícius Júnior

Substitutes

  • 5Varane
  • 8Kroos
  • 18Llorente
  • 21Díaz
  • 22Isco
  • 23Reguilón
  • 30Zidane

Girona

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 4Ramalho
  • 5AlcaláBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBernardoat 45'minutes
  • 15Ramírez López
  • 20Muniesa
  • 14García
  • 19LozanoSubstituted forPortugués Manzaneraat 78'minutes
  • 6Granell Nogué
  • 12Soares de Paulo
  • 10GarcíaSubstituted forPaikat 59'minutes
  • 22Doumbia

Substitutes

  • 2Bernardo
  • 7Stuani
  • 8Pons
  • 9Portugués Manzanera
  • 13Bono
  • 34Fernández
  • 35Paik
Referee:
Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance:
50,865

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamGirona
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away16