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2011-07-12 22:25:57

In the quarterfinal of the 2006 Soccer World Cup, England and Portugal played for 90 tense minutes and 30 minutes extra time without a single goal being scored. This led them to a penalty shoot-out; as one by one, players went against the opposing team's goalie. After four shots by each team, Portugal was ahead 2-1. Portugal's star Cristiano Ronaldo shot to English goalkeeper Paul Robinson's left, but Robinson dove right. Portugal scored, won the game, and went on to the semifinal. When...

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2009-12-11 14:45:00

A new study may explain why the England soccer team keeps losing in penalty shootouts "“ and could help the team address the problem in time for the World Cup 2010. Research by the University of Exeter shows for the first time the effect of anxiety on a footballer's eye movements while taking a penalty. The study shows that when penalty takers are anxious they are more likely to look at and focus on the centrally positioned goalkeeper. Due to the tight coordination between gaze control...

2009-07-29 23:47:30

Tim Howard made seven saves in regulation Wednesday and then stopped three penalty kicks to bring Everton a 4-3, shootout victory over the MLS All-Stars. The game was decided in a shootout after being tied at the end of regulation 1-1. It was the first time in six games since Major League Soccer began using the current All-Star Game format that the stars of the American league have lost to an international opponent. Howard is the current United States national team goalkeeper, but he also...

2006-07-02 14:37:51

By Andrew Gray BERLIN (Reuters) - FIFA began a probe on Sunday into the role of Germany's Torsten Frings in a brawl after his team's World Cup win over Argentina, placing a question mark over his participation in the semi-final against Italy. Italian media have shown pictures which they say prove Frings threw a punch in the fracas which followed the 4-2 win in a penalty shootout at the end of Friday's quarter-final. The midfielder has insisted he is innocent. "Following new evidence...

2006-07-02 11:53:38

By Paul Radford BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions Brazil came to conquer, Argentina emerged as pretenders to the crown but Fortress Europe once again pulled up the drawbridge against the overseas World Cup invaders. Few could have seriously expected the 2006 World Cup finals to close with four European teams in the semi-finals -- hosts Germany against Italy in Dortmund on Tuesday and Portugal v France in Munich the following day. Teams from overseas have traditionally struggled for...

2006-07-01 23:33:02

(Corrects Portugal's semi-final opponents in paragraph 12) By Andrew Gray BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup on Saturday, a Thierry Henry goal giving France a 1-0 quarter-final victory over the South American favorites. France face a semi-final with Portugal, who triumphed 3-1 over England in a penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes. England played most of the second half and all of extra time with 10 men after striker Wayne Rooney was sent...

2006-07-01 18:49:11

By Andrew Gray BERLIN (Reuters) - Champions Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup on Saturday, a Thierry Henry goal giving France a 1-0 quarter-final victory over the South American favorites. France face a semi-final with Portugal, who triumphed 3-1 over England in a penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes. England played most of the second half and all of extra time with 10 men after striker Wayne Rooney was sent off. France, inspired by captain Zinedine Zidane who is...

2006-07-01 12:32:06

GELSENKIRCHEN (Reuters) - England, reduced to 10 men after striker Wayne Rooney was sent off, and Portugal went into a penalty shootout in their World Cup quarter-final with the score at 0-0 after extra time on Saturday. Rooney was sent off in the 62nd minute after fouling Ricardo Carvalho and then pushing Cristiano Ronaldo. Ten minutes earlier, England captain David Beckham limped off with an ankle injury. A tense match produced few real chances in either normal or extra time...

2006-06-30 18:16:08

By Keith Weir BERLIN (Reuters) - Hosts Germany beat Argentina in a penalty shootout on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup where they will play Italy, who cruised past debutants Ukraine 3-0. Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was the hero for Germany, saving two penalties to give his country a 4-2 win in the shootout after the game in Berlin's Olympiastadion had ended 1-1. "It was very exciting for us on the bench," German coach Juergen Klinsmann told reporters. "It was like a...

2006-06-26 17:52:07

By Mark Ledsom COLOGNE, Jun (Reuters) - Ukraine beat Switzerland 3-0 on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday after the teams played out a sterile scoreless draw. Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko missed the first penalty but the Swiss failed to convert their three spot kicks before Oleg Gusev put Ukraine into the last eight with the clinching penalty. It was the first time a team had failed to score in a penalty shootout at the World Cup. Ukraine, playing at their...