Sunderland upset Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night but you’d be forgiven for thinking they were trying to spare David Moyes’s feelings: in the shoot-out they managed to miss their first two penalties. Still, United were even worse and scored just once as Sunderland went through to the final 2-1 (they did get a bit better as time went on). Moyes can take some small comfort from the fact that other teams have fared just as badly and, in one instance, on a much bigger stage.

1) European Cup final 1986, Barcelona v Steaua Bucharest

The teams get bonus points for failing to score in the first 120 minutes of a game which has gone down as one of the worst finals of all time. The shoot-out didn’t get much better – although the sheer incompetence of the players at least made it tense. Both teams missed their first two spot-kicks before the Romanians managed to score the next two. That was two more than Barcelona in the entire shoot-out and Steaua won 2-0. The only man to come out with any credit was Steaua’s keeper, Helmuth Duckadam. He saved all four of Barcelona’s kicks. It turned out to be the peak of his career: he was forced to retire a few weeks later due to a rare vascular disease.

2) Finnish Cup final 1985, Haka v HJK

Perhaps a slightly lower standard of football than the European Cup final, and the standard of penalties was reassuringly poor too. The first seven penalties were missed, five of them off target. In the end Haka won 2-1, and one of their scorers was their keeper.

3) Copa Libertadores semi-final 1990, Olimpia v Nacional

Showing that it’s not just Europeans who can miss a penalty or eight Nacional and Olimpia put on their own display of South American incompetence in 1990. That may be a bit harsh on the keepers, who saved five penalties between them. Then again they both took their teams’ first penalties – and missed. The shoot-out ended 2-1, after six spot-kicks for each side.

4) Derby Community Cup 1998, Mickleover Lightning Blue Sox v Chellaston Boys B

After their under-10s game had finished 1-1, the tie went to penalties. Sixty-six of them in total, of which only three were converted: a success rate of 4.5%. In Chellaston’s defence it was their B team.

5) Any penalty shoot-out involving England

Apart from the one against Spain.

• Note. Of course, just because not many penalties are scored, it doesn’t make a shoot-out terrible to watch – if anything the tension increases. The examples above are bad penalty taking in shoot-outs rather than bad shoot-outs.