NOW in the knockout stages of the Qatar World Cup, if there are deadlocked ties after extra time, the matches are decided by penalty shootout.
It is called a penalty kick which is different from the penalty shootout during a match, which is 90 minutes long.
When it comes down to it, it sure is nerve-racking as your heart is in your throat, the bottom has dropped out of your stomach!
In knockout matches, if a match in the knockout stage has an equal number of goals scored after 90 minutes of play, a further 30 minutes are played, with the teams switching ends during a short break after 15 minutes. If, at the end of this extra time, the scores remain level, a penalty shoot-out will take place.
THE GREATEST HERO
The biggest hero so far in this World Cup is Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, who saved three shots from the spot as Croatia beat Japan 3-1 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the third time once at the end of a thrilling 120-minute race. stalemate at 1-1 on Monday.
Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida were all denied by Livakovic before Mario Pasalic coldly sent Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda the wrong way.
Singapore’s award-winning coach Jita Singh, now in Doha, said: ‘Sounds a bit cruel on paper, but it’s better than tossing a coin to decide the outcome. I think for a team game it’s the ultimate duel with victory or defeat riding a single boot or glove.
PENALTY – THRILLER IN KICKS
If you need to know, courtesy of 38 saves, Samir Handanovic is the goalkeeper with the most saves of the 21st century. Surprisingly, the Slovenian can extend his lead even further as he is six years younger than his closest challenger.
The penalty shoot-out format was only adopted in 1970 and did not reach the World Cup until the 1982 Spain semi-final, when West Germany eliminated France 5-4.
How does the penalty kick work?
First, the referee flips a coin to decide which goal will be used. Then, there is a second coin toss to determine which team goes first.
Each team takes turns taking five penalty shots to be kicked by different players. These are direct free kicks between the kicker alone and the goalkeeper, taken from the penalty spot, in a best of five shots scenario. In other words, as soon as one team has an insurmountable lead, the penalty shootout ends.
If, after five rounds, no one is ahead, the penalty shootout goes into sudden death and the first team to score wins.
Keep in mind that penalty shoot-outs are an integral and high-pressure part of the game. Not only do they keep it fair and safe for everyone involved, but they can also reward teams with game-changing opportunities.
I agree that it’s exciting, sometimes it’s devastating, it makes heroes of goalkeepers saviors and villains of strikers who make mistakes. These are fractions of a second that define entire careers.
This is perhaps the true beauty of football!
* Suresh Nair is an award-winning sportscaster who is also a qualified international coach and instructor of international referees.
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