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