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SportsWatch: Passing this new soccer rule would be a World Cup game-changer

The penalty shoot-out (PSO) is monumentally unfair. The last time the World Cup was held in the U.S., for example, the tournament ended in the style of a tragic Italian opera. Roberto Baggio, Italy’s star striker who had scored five goals on the way to the final, stepped up to take the fifth penalty in the PSO. If Baggio missed, the Cup went to Brazil. If he scored Italy remained alive.

Baggio had an 85% career success rate at taking penalties, but with the outcome of the world’s most important trophy riding on his kick, he ran up and kicked the ball five yards over the bar.

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