Penalties the only way to resolve drawn matches

Penalties the only way to resolve drawn matches

Penalties the only way to resolve drawn matches

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LOVE them or hate them, penalties remain the only way to settle a match.

Several alternatives have been tried to spice up extra-time but nothing has managed to replace the sheer drama generated by the shoot-out.

The ‘golden goal’ came close – as anybody who watched Gazza come within a stud’s length of sending England to the Euro 96 final will testify – but teams gradually erred on the side of defence and sat back out of fear of defeat.

Penalties are the definitive tie-breaker, providing everything a good drama needs – twists and turns, heroes and villains.

They are also the ultimate test of nerve under the most extreme pressure.

Teams have been defined by the shoot-out – Germany for their success rate and England at the opposite end of the scale.

They are excruciating for the teams and fans involved and even neutrals tend to get swept up in the moment – I seem to recall once getting nervous during a relatively non-descript shoot-out involving Huddersfield Town.

But they are also compulsive viewing.

We have seen two matches decided from 12 yards in the knock-out stages of the World Cup during the past few days and on each occasion the tension could have been cut by a knife.

It was palpable when Chile’s Gonzalo Jara thumped his spot-kick against a post to send Brazil through in Belo Horizonte.

The precision of Costa Rica’s penalty-taking against Greece was also a wonder to behold when the stakes were so high.

Moments like these make the shoot-out what it is – the only way to settle a match.

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10:42am Thu 3 Jul 14

Carthaginian says...

More drawn games have been resolved by a full 30 minutes of extra-time than by penalties, haven't they, Steve? Including with great drama (eg Belgium v USA plus others) that allays the potential bias of a golden goal. So, penalties aren't the only way to resolve a drawn game, nor necessarily the most dramatic.
More drawn games have been resolved by a full 30 minutes of extra-time than by penalties, haven't they, Steve? Including with great drama (eg Belgium v USA plus others) that allays the potential bias of a golden goal. So, penalties aren't the only way to resolve a drawn game, nor necessarily the most dramatic. Carthaginian
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10:50am Thu 3 Jul 14

steve carley says...

Granted Andy, they're not the 'only' way but, for me at least, the most dramatic, even including the Belgium-USA match.
Granted Andy, they're not the 'only' way but, for me at least, the most dramatic, even including the Belgium-USA match. steve carley
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11:04am Thu 3 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

I remember going down the Lane one bitterly cold Monday night. it was so bad you could hear the studs rattling on the ground. I think we were playing Highgate United. 120 minutes of hypothermia followed by the City missing their first 3 penalties. those were the days .
I remember going down the Lane one bitterly cold Monday night. it was so bad you could hear the studs rattling on the ground. I think we were playing Highgate United. 120 minutes of hypothermia followed by the City missing their first 3 penalties. those were the days . liketoknow
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11:27am Thu 3 Jul 14

Carthaginian says...

Liketoknow ... January 27th, 1992 ... and that was 120 minutes at the Lane of a Replay after a 0-0 draw up at their place ...

Several of those County Cup games at the Lane shouldn't even have bothered with the initial 90 minutes ...
Liketoknow ... January 27th, 1992 ... and that was 120 minutes at the Lane of a Replay after a 0-0 draw up at their place ... Several of those County Cup games at the Lane shouldn't even have bothered with the initial 90 minutes ... Carthaginian
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11:43am Thu 3 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Carthaginian wrote:
Liketoknow ... January 27th, 1992 ... and that was 120 minutes at the Lane of a Replay after a 0-0 draw up at their place ...

Several of those County Cup games at the Lane shouldn't even have bothered with the initial 90 minutes ...
funny the things that stick in the mind!
[quote][p][bold]Carthaginian[/bold] wrote: Liketoknow ... January 27th, 1992 ... and that was 120 minutes at the Lane of a Replay after a 0-0 draw up at their place ... Several of those County Cup games at the Lane shouldn't even have bothered with the initial 90 minutes ...[/p][/quote]funny the things that stick in the mind! liketoknow
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12:32pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Carthaginian says...

Peanlty shoot-out over Cardiff College of Further Education in 1975 somehow sticks in mine. Bizarre!

City's worst penalty defeat would have to be that in 2006 against Basingstoke in the FA Cup 4QR - 6-7. Preece, Traore and ultimately Justin Thompson all failed from the spot.

With some compensation being taken a month later with a penalty victory over Blyth Spartans in the FAT on a very, very wet Monday evening.

Otherwise, shoot-outs have mostly been in County Cups.
Peanlty shoot-out over Cardiff College of Further Education in 1975 somehow sticks in mine. Bizarre! City's worst penalty defeat would have to be that in 2006 against Basingstoke in the FA Cup 4QR - 6-7. Preece, Traore and ultimately Justin Thompson all failed from the spot. With some compensation being taken a month later with a penalty victory over Blyth Spartans in the FAT on a very, very wet Monday evening. Otherwise, shoot-outs have mostly been in County Cups. Carthaginian
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5:54am Fri 4 Jul 14

old misery says...

Having played and watched football for over 65 years some games would have been better served by going direct to penalties
Having played and watched football for over 65 years some games would have been better served by going direct to penalties old misery
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10:22am Fri 4 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

old misery wrote:
Having played and watched football for over 65 years some games would have been better served by going direct to penalties
sometimes it's the only thing you can remember.
[quote][p][bold]old misery[/bold] wrote: Having played and watched football for over 65 years some games would have been better served by going direct to penalties[/p][/quote]sometimes it's the only thing you can remember. liketoknow
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