Speaking to Sport1 after the match, Dirk quotables were even better than the penalty itself: "I wanted to hit [the penalty] the Italian way and was able to finish with the same result."
It wasn’t all just jokes though. This year’s charity match was held in honor of German racing great Michael Schumacher, who captained one of the sides for years before he nearly lost his life in a skiing accident three years ago. (Today, Schumacher is still struggling to recover from the various injuries he suffered).
Schumacher’s son Mick, now himself a racer, played in the match this year, and Nowitzki told Sport1 before the action: "I hope we can send Michael some positive energy. We want to show him that the people haven’t forgotten him and that he is still an idol."