Following last night’s drama in Moscow, I can only reiterate how important the run-up is to penalty-taking. Over half of the spot-kicks taken last night were actually quite shoddy, with both Van der Sar and Cech getting their fingers to most of the shots. However, a strong run-up from the shooter meant that the power was enough to carry the ball into the goal. Meanwhile, Ronaldo, Terry and Anelka were all hesitant.
There’s probably a Gordon Brown metaphor to be found somewhere in all this, but I really can’t be bothered to pick it out.