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Ramos to stay on Spain penalty duty despite Switzerland blunders

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The Spain skipper squandered two chances from the spot in his last match, but he is not someone who hides away after mistakes.

Sergio Ramos became the most capped player in the history of European football by making his 177th appearance for Spain in the Nations League clash against Italy.

However, it was not a night for celebration for the defender as he marked his new milestone by missing two spot-kicks.

The 34-year old center-back failed to level the scoreline initially as his weak effort was saved before being denied a Panenka attempt by Yann Sommer in the 80th minute.

Prior to the double misses, he hadn’t missed from the spot in over two years and had scored an impressive 25 times in succession from the 12 yards.

“I will shoot it, of course,” Ramos responded when questioned if he would hesitate to take the next penalty that Spain get awarded, via AS.

“If I did not approach it that way I would stop being me. Everything is a state of mind, of confidence in myself. If the moment came and I did not feel I would leave that confidence in myself to a teammate.

Spain now face Germany on Tuesday. Three points are a must if La Roja plan on topping Group A4 and advancing to next year’s Nations League finals.

“It is a unique match,” added Ramos. “We are at stake to be in the Final Four and what better way than to depend on us.

“It is a unique opportunity to show what we want to achieve and where we want to go.”