Mesut Ozil breaks unenviable 40 year penalty record for Germany

Germany's Mesut Ozil reacts

The Arsenal playmaker was unable to get on the scoresheet in the European Championships win over Slovakia.

Germany's Mesut Ozil reactsGermany's Mesut Ozil reacts

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will be disappointed enough to miss a penalty for Germany in their 3-0 win over Slovakia, but such is the rarity of a German penalty miss, it leaves the 27-year-old with a rather unwelcome record for his country.

It makes Ozil the first German in 40 years to miss a penalty in the European Championships, excluding penalty shootouts, with Uli Hoeness the last to squander from the spot in the 1976 final against the Netherlands.

It was enough for the official Germany Twitter account to make a cheeky reference to the possible English influence on their playmaker, with another Arsenal player, new signing Granit Xhaka also missing a penalty, though the Swiss midfielder's miss was much more costly than his new teammate's, as it was the only miss in Switzerland's shootout defeat to Poland.

Ozil has had a decent European Championships so far without reaching top gear for the World Champions.

His country narrowly secured top spot in Group C on goal difference from neighbours Poland, with Ozil producing a couple of moments showcasing his creative qualities. But the former Real Madrid man is yet to find the net from the four games he's featured in, and it is unlikely he will get a better chance than the one he was gifted from the spot against a really poor Slovakia team that looked a shadow of the side that defended so resolutely against England.

Germany's Mesut Ozil at the end of the gameGermany's Mesut Ozil at the end of the game

Germany and their club sides are usually notoriously ruthless from the penalty spot, both in normal time and in penalty shoot-outs, so it is a little bit of a surprise that the Arsenal playmaker saw his effort saved from 12 yards.

He has missed twice from the spot in his Arsenal career, and has never taken a penalty in the Premier League, but it looks as though both Germany and Arsenal should look elsewhere the next time a penalty is awarded.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in actionArsenal's Mesut Ozil in action

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