''Panenka'' penalties seem to be in fashion at the European Championship.

Spain's Sergio Ramos used the audacious soft chip shot on Wednesday to help the defending champions beat Portugal in their semifinal penalty shootout.

His penalty came just three days after Andrea Pirlo scored with a similar ''Panenka'' chip to the center of goal in Italy's quarterfinal shootout victory over England.

The technique is named after its pioneer, Antonin Panenka, who used it to clinch the 1976 European Championship for Czechoslovakia against West Germany.

Asked about the style of Ramos' spot kick, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says ''they are very fashionable right now.''