Once again, we see the importance of doing well at taking penalty kicks as Chile has just beaten Argentina on penalty kicks to win the Copa America. Each team had a shot saved, and neither of those shots was near a post. In addition, the great Messi shot over the bar, an enormous blow for Argentina. He took their first shot, and Chile’s first shot had just been saved, so if Messi had scored, Argentina would have had the advantage from then on. As it was, the score remained the same. But even the best shot, by Argentina’s Kun Aguero, was flawed because although it was quite close to the post, the camera showed his eye movements before he took the shot, and you could tell where he was going to shoot by where he last looked. Sheesh!
In Euro 2016, although Ireland lost to France, Ireland’s Robbie Brady took a perfect penalty kick with the ball hitting the post and bouncing in (here). Yes!!
By the way, here is a suggestion: Go directly to penalty kicks if the game is tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation. Why bother with overtime when neither side could score in 90 minutes of play?
And here is an off-topic comment: Why did soccer get rid of the usual kickoff? Now the players can kick it in any direction, whereas before they needed to kick it forward. This was a problem only for five-year-olds, and why they thought it presented a problem for professionals is beyond me.