Penalty Shootouts: Tricks of the Trade

With the knockout stages of the World Cup coming up, expect some excitement with penalty shootouts to determine results. And in that scenario, goalkeepers and strikers play plenty of mind-games with each other.

updated: June 27, 2014 16:18 IST
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The goalkeeper and striker play plenty of mind games when it comes to shootouts.

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Paris: The penalty shootout is a mind game -- and here are some of the favourite ploys:


Watch for goalkeepers with wobbly legs and a goal-line jiggle, all intended to distract the striker. The tactic is also helped by fluorescent or bat-winged jerseys and outsized gloves, designed to make the keeper look bigger and the goalmouth smaller. (Read: Behind the Penalty, the Shrinks)

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