A Fourth Penalty Shoot Out at the 2014 World Cup

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Introduction

There were two penalty shoot outs in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

There was an eventful shoot out in the Round of 8 (Game 59, Netherlands v Costa Rica).

This post looks at a fourth penalty shoot out in the Semi-Final game (Match 62) between the Netherlands and Argentina.

Netherlands v Argentina

Netherlands’ penalties against Sergio Romero:

NSF

Argentina’s penalties against Jasper Cillessen:

ASF

The Penalties

The Netherlands had been successful in their previous shoot out against Costa Rica. In this game against Argentina, their first penalty taker Van Persie had been substituted. Ron Vlaar took the penalty and it was saved. Subsequently there was a discussion about whether the saved shot had crossed the line after the goalkeeper’s celebrations.

There was a suggestion after the match that Louis Van Gaal had asked two other players to take the first penalty before Ron Vlaar volunteered.

Photo Credit

Brazil at Night (NASA, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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