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On This Day In 2006, Jens Lehmann Pulled The 'Cheat Sheet' From His Shin-Pad For Every Penalty Of Shoot-Out

On This Day In 2006, Jens Lehmann Pulled The 'Cheat Sheet' From His Shin-Pad For Every Penalty Of Shoot-Out

It's the 2006 World Cup quarter-final and hosts Germany have been held to a 1-1 draw after extra-time by two-time winners Argentina.

After a close affair in the first half, José Pekerman's side silenced the Olympiastadion when Roberto Ayala headed in from a Juan Roman Riquelme corner just after the restart but, of course, the ever-reliable Miroslav Klose levelled with ten minutes remaining.

Both teams could not be seperated in extra time and, as doubts started to creep in from German fans around the world, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann stepped up.

The infamous 'cheat sheet' was born.

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Image: FIFA World Cup/YouTube
Image: FIFA World Cup/YouTube
Image: FIFA World Cup/YouTube
Image: FIFA World Cup/YouTube

With the help of a crumpled note stuffed down his moist shin-pad, the former Arsenal keeper unnerved the Argentines and the rest is history.

Lehmann said at the time the note was hard to read because it was written in pencil and damp with sweat but, as you can see in the footage below, the veteran goalkeeper guessed right each time.

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He went on to save Esteban Cambiasso's low effort after keeping out Roberto Ayala's miserable shot earlier on and helped the Germans progress into another semi-final.


Germany celebrated another shoot-out success thanks to the genius of Lehmann and his notes, as explained below.

  1. Riquelme left high
  2. Crespo long run/right, short run/left
  3. Heinze left low
  4. Ayala long wait, long run right
  5. Messi left
  6. Aimar long wait left
  7. Rodriguez left
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In fact, months later, someone paid a whopping $1.3 million for the notes after Lehamnn decided to auction off the crumbled sheet of paper for charity.

"I didn't realise the importance of the note at the time but after the match I saw it lying on the locker room floor next to my socks and thought I should hold on to it." he told German television moments after it was sold.

Thoughts on Lehmann's tactics during the shoot-out in 2006?

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Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Football, Germany, Argentina, Penalty, World Cup

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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