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2014 FIFA World Cup™: The Vicious Circle of Penalty Shootouts [infographic]

12 July, 2014

Infographic presenting how teams proceed when they play consecutive penalty shootouts

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Here is an interesting pattern / sequence we have noticed at the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup:

  • During the ‘Round of 16’ Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout 5 – 3 (Full-time Score: 1-1)
  • Costa Rica plays against Netherlands on the next round (quarter-finals); the game ends with a penalty shootout in which Costa Rica looses 4-3 (Full-time score: 0-0)
  • Netherlands then plays against Argentina (semi-finals) and looses 4-2 (Full-time score: 0-0)

If the pattern continues Argentina will be in trouble if the final match against Germany ends in a penalty shootout.

Is it because the opposition have the opportunity to study the way the team, which has advanced to the current stage from a penalty shootout match, handles the penalties (the goalkeeper and the players who take them)? Or is it something random? If the final (Germany vs Argentina) ends in a penalty shootout we will have the opportunity to get a better idea.

BBC World Cup 2014 | Groups & Schedule | Knockout Stage

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  1. 12 July, 2014 12:53 pm

    Argentina will be in trouble either way…Germany NEVER looses the shootout. In the history of the team, there have been four shootouts, and they have always won. The last one happened, btw, during the WM 2006 against…you might have guessed it….Argentina.

    Plus, statistics aside, Argentina has a decent goalie. Germany has Manuel Neuer. If he has to, he not only catches a penalty, he also shots one himself.

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