Andrea Pirlo’s Panenka Penalty won Italy the penalty shoot-out against England.
Riccardo Montolivo’s penalty was horrible and put the Italians under a lot of stress. However, Pirlo’s class, elegance, coolness and grace under pressure was a statement that restored the Italians’ belief in their technical abilities and shifted pressure back to the English penalty kickers.
This penalty made the Italians realize how much better they were than Roy Hodgson’s men.
It was an attainment of enlightenment. It wasn’t just Panenka. It was Prajñā or paññā – an understanding, a discernment usually experienced through meditation.
It was a true moment of Zen.