Portugal only managed a draw against Austria today in Paris after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty kick; the Real Madrid superstar then was confronted after the game by an Idiot On The Field who demanded—and apparently got—a selfie with the three-time world player of the year:
Barcelona were so bored with a second-half ass-kicking of Celta that they executed a trick penalty, with Lionel Messi dumping off to a sprinting Luis Suárez—who completed his hat trick with the goal. Cheeky? Disrespectful? Hilarious? All of the above.
Today’s Gold Cup quarterfinal between Trinidad and Tobago and Panama came down to penalties. That’s never a good thing, and both teams decided to prove a point, apparently.
Twitter data's discovered a neat pattern by examining usage during a World Cup shootout. Just like people at a bar or on a couch, everyone gets quiet on Twitter right before each penalty kick.
Sporting KC won their first MLS title since 2000 by outlasting Real Salt Lake last night in a match decided on penalty kicks, a usually-anticlimactic outcome that in this instance turned out to be thrilling.
As you watch this video, note that the penalty free kick taker is not Pilo, the lower-level Brazilian soccer player who would go on to bring shame to his entire family. Pilo is the one who goes for the rebound, flops horribly, then takes the PK.
On Sunday, Theyab Awana, a 21-year-old winger with the United Arab Emirates national team, scored on a penalty kick in a friendly against Lebanon. Only he did it off of a 180 and using his heel. UAE was up 5-2 at the time, and they ultimately won 7-2, so the stakes weren't very high for either team. Does this make…
A match between Termeno and Dro, two clubs in Italy's lower division, went to penalty kicks earlier in the week. A Termeno player's attempt hit the crossbar, and as the Dro keeper sprinted towards his teammates in celebration, the ball came down with enough backspin to carry it into the net. Termeno will advance to…
We've almost reached the knockout stage, which means we've almost reached our first World Cup match decided by a shootout. And every bozo from your local pub to M.I.T. wants to tell you their unbeatable "secret" to penalty kicks. Hooray.