Success from the spot
On Sunday 27 June, we witnessed the first penalty shoot-out of the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005. Argentina held their nerve to progress to the final, but did you know that this tournament is on top for the percentage of goals scored on penalties in all FIFA competitions?
When one looks at the statistics from FIFA World Cup finals, FIFA World Youth Championships at U-20 and U-17 level and the FIFA Confederations Cup, you will notice that this current edition is the most prolific in terms of spot-kicks awarded and scored. So far, we have seen eight penalties converted in 14 matches.
As 44 goals have been registered in the tournament already, the successful spot-kicks account for 18.18 per cent of the total goals and we have seen, on average, a penalty scored in every 1.75 games. If you apply that rule to Wednesday's matches, we seem destined to see one awarded when Germany meet Mexico, and Brazil face Argentina.
Should the pattern of penalties continue in Germany next summer, then we could witness more record being broken. Currently Argentina 1978 holds the record for the most penalties scored with 12 finding the back of the net in 38 games. With the current average, had 38 games been played in this competition, we could have expected an astonishing 22 strikes from the spot!