Seven minutes into the 2006 World Cup final. Zinédine Zidane chips a penalty just right of centre. The ball hits the underside of the crossbar. Italy’s keeper Gianluigi Buffon, having dived away to his right, looks on helplessly as the ball bounces behind the goal-line and it’s 1-0 to France
This is how the perfect penalty should look.
Penalties - 3 facts - 1 question
1 Only one in 15 World Cup goals has come via a penalty. To date, there have been 150 World Cup penalties in regular time.
2 The first shoot-out in a World Cup was in the 1982 semi-final between West Germany and France. The former won, obviously.
3 In 2013-14, about 83 per cent of pens were scored in the Premier League; 70 per cent of spot kicks are scored in World Cup shoot-outs.
? Why doesn’t the goalie just stay in the middle when facing a penalty? Because only one in 12 penalties is aimed there.