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Our man in Russia: ‘Why this is the world cup, the penalty is’

It is worth the effort to be there to train and to scout for, because this is the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of the penalty kick, says our reporter in Russia Peter T’Kint.

The penalty of Egypt against Russia © Belga Image

One of the foreign colleagues who are here, the Belgians follow, Joel Domenighetti of L’equipe. Until 2006, a hard man among the French, the past six years, a hard man in the camp of the Red Devils. Yesterday we sat down to Russia – Egypt to watch. When Mo Salah a penalty kick was allowed to take, and it struck us that it was already the umpteenth in this tournament was (the 10 in 17 matches), he remembered suddenly, ’98, and the semi-final between the host nation, France and Italy. Final score after 120 frustrating minutes in Saint-Denis 0-0 and penalties.

Time for the coach of the French to come into action. He stepped on goalkeeper Fabien Barthez off with the message that he is three years (!) went back was in the analysis of all the Italian strafschopnemers and there one and another had concluded. Now that’s a lot easier than when, given the huge databases that are available, at that time this was less evident. Enormous amount of work pour la bonne cause.

Barthez wiped in one second of table. ‘Non, non, I must there is nothing to know about it. I’ll do it on instinct.’ It ran well for the French: Barthez stopped the team credentials and stay up of Albertini and saw the fifth attempt by Di Biagio on the lat burst. The French lost only Lizarazu. The rest of the story is well known: Thuram was the hero of the semi-final, Zidane that of the final. France was world champion, and the kiss on the bald pate of Barthez, the world went around. But that evening during France – Italy wanted to be one someone who has marble or kill you!

In the Belgian camp they will be Saturday and next week Thursday, also known as the list of the strafschopnemers in Tunisia – Ferjani Sassi is number one on the iPad.

It is worth the trouble for Courtois to be brief, because this is the world CHAMPIONSHIP of the penalty. After 17 matches we got there for 10:

Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal vs Spain (goal)

Antoine Griezmann France vs Australia after the VAR review (goal)

Miles Jedinak in France-Australia (goal)

Lionel Messi in Argentina-Iceland (fail)

Christian Cueva in Peru-Denmark after VAR review (fail)

Luka Modric in Croatia-Nigeria (goal)

Andras Granqvist in Sweden-South Korea after the VAR review (goal)

Ferjani Sassi in Tunisia-England (goal)

Shinji Kagawa Japan-Colombia (goal)

Mohamed Salah in Russia-Egypt after the VAR review (goal)

It had more can and should be, if the VAR consistently had occurred at every single error, but the influence of the War, sorry: Var Room on the arbitration is clear. Without the VAR had Salah yesterday, not scored, the referee then explained the ball striking outside of the rectangle. Happy corrected the VAR.

2018 is the tournament of big data. For the first time, people may appropriate to the bank to have contact with people in the stands during the match. Players walk around with a gps jacket, and would, in theory, no longer be allowed to can go into spasm. As the coaches signals that their high intensity runs go down, they can be changed. But theory is one thing, practice something else, we still see players in the final stage to grab their feet. Or, to save time, or because they, in spite of a lesser physically just too important to be changed. Not true Hazard, that plukke was against Panama as they are in West-Vlaanderen say, but on the field remained.

With penalty kicks is a different case. There is one, however, between. Still not sufficient for you, for us, there is still too often remained unpunished (the equalizer of the Swiss against Brazil, for example, or the first goal of Costa against Portugal). But the penalty is you are on the right track.

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