Penalty kick goals, stoppage time drama help make World Cup intriguing

Khalil Garriott
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In soccer, field players (those who like the pressure, that is) relish the chance to take penalty kicks. Some goalkeepers lick their chops at opportunities to try and stop them, but they know the scenario favors the shooter.

Through eight days of the 2014 World Cup, there have been seven penalty kicks awarded. Somewhat surprisingly, all seven penalties have been successfully converted. After 20 games of the tournament, you’d think at least one or two would be stopped by a goalkeeper or sent wide or high of the goal.

According to, there have been four second-half stoppage time goals so far in the World Cup. Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Switzerland all scored in extra time, with the Swiss doing so in the most dramatic fashion.

Relive that unforgettable moment in all its splendor:

In a World Cup certainly not lacking for goals, the prolific rate of penalty kick goals and stoppage time scores have helped add to the intrigue. The legend of all soccer legends says it’s good for the game’s growth.

What’s behind the goal-scoring onslaught: great finishing or mediocre goalkeeping?

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