A Fourth Penalty Shoot Out at the 2014 World Cup



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:


Argentina’s penalties against Jasper Cillessen:


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)

A Third Penalty Shoot Out at the 2014 FIFA World Cup



Last week I wrote about two penalty shoot outs in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

There has been a third, eventful shoot out in the Round of 8 (Game 59, Netherlands v Costa Rica).

The Shoot Out

In the last minute of extra time, the Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal replaced goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul.

There was an explosion of tweets about this decision (see Van Gaal and Tim Krul).

The Guardian Online carried this quote from Louis:

We thought it through. Every player has certain skills and qualities and they don’t always coincide. We felt Tim would be the most appropriate keeper to save penalties. You would have seen that Tim dived to the right corner twice. We’re a tiny bit proud this trick has helped us through.

My record of the shoot out is:

Costa Rica penalties v Tim Krul:


Netherlands penalties v Keylor Navas:


Tim Krul’s Management of the Shoot Out

I noticed two tweets overnight from Simon Gleave:


I am going to write another post about this shoot out. Here I note Tim Krul’s behaviour during the shoot out.

Law 14 states that the goalkeeper ‘must remain on his goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked’.

From my view of the broadcast images of the shoot out, Tim Krul spent a good deal of time off his line, some of it in close proximity to the penalty taker.

Law 12 states ‘There is no specific number of infringements which constitutes “persistence” or the presence of a pattern – this is entirely a matter of judgement and must be determined in the context of effective game management.’

In a FIFA news item, Tim is quoted:

I watched them [Costa Rica] against Greece and studied them and I told the players that I knew where they were going to shoot to make them a bit nervous,” the 26-year-old said with a mischievous grin. “Maybe it worked. It happened before when I played against Frank Lampard: I told him that I knew and I saved it. I just tried that again. I’m so happy it worked today.

My records suggest only one of the penalties (Ruiz) was the same as the Greece game. The only time Tim Krul dived to his right was for Christian Bolanos, a player who had not taken a penalty against Greece.

Tim Krul joins Jens Lehmann in elevating penalty shoot outs to a new level.

Photo Credit

World Cup: King Krul rescues Netherlands to the semifinals (Tom Jutte, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Outputs

I wrote a post before the semi finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  The post noted some of the inputs going into these two games from the four teams involved.

The outputs of the games were:

  • Higher ranked teams (FIFA Ranking May 2010) won both games
  • The team that scored first won both games
  • Spain continued its remarkable discipline record and received no cards from the referee in the game v Germany

These are the Castrol Index data for the games:

Time Lines

Game Statistics