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The two men, whose lives became forever intertwined after Bonner palmed away Timofte's weak penalty in Genoa 25 years ago this month, have never spoken to each other… until now.

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In the lobby of a dated hotel in downtown Bucharest, hero and villain recall Packie bonner wife sexual dysfunction moments before fate - and David O'Leary, who converted the subsequent spot kick - dictated the Republic of Ireland would march on to the World Cup quarter-final in Rome and Romania would return home to an angry waiting public.

While one nation held its breath, the other sharpened its knives. Having tracked down Timofte, I asked Packie if he'd like to chat with the former Romanian midfielder over the telephone and he was eager to do so.

Timofte tells the legendary Irish shot-stopper about what was going through his mind as he stepped up to take that vital kick. It was a big mistake," says the year-old, who is unrecognisable from that trim slip of a young lad I remember from Italia Intriguingly, Timofte told his old Packie bonner wife sexual dysfunction that Tony Cascarino had a lot to do with the penalty miss.

When he kicked the ball, he took a part of the pitch on the penalty spot with it. So I put the ball in that hole for my kick. And then I faced this wall of green fans behind the goals, that sight stays with me, green everywhere," says Timofte.

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