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The biomechanics of a perfect penalty kick

Something to keep in mind during the World Cup: it's harder than it looks.
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Take a penalty kick like a pro.

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World Cup fever is well and truly underway—there have already been highs, the lows, and definitely a few penalties. And scoring a penalty can be the deciding factor of many important football matches.

Previous major championships, such as the final and the final have been decided by penalty shootouts. And evidence from World Cup and European Championships has also shown that teams have a considerably greater chance of winning—than drawing or losing—when .

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