"He was determined to take the penalty. There was no way I could refuse him."
-- France coach Jean-Claude Giuntini
on goalkeeper Luca Zidane
, son of legendary French star Zinedine Zidane
, asking to take a penalty kick in the shootout to decide the
semifinals of the UEFA U-17 Championship against Belgium. Luca Zidane missed his Panenka, hitting the crossbar, but saved three penalty kicks to lead the Bleuets into Friday's final against Germany,
where they won, 4-1. (RMC