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During penalty shootouts, goalies fall prey to 'gambler's fallacy'
During penalty shootouts, goalies fall prey to 'gambler's fallacy'

Penalty kick shootouts are not a goalkeeper’s favorite way to settle a soccer match. Alone in the net, goalies must face off against a string of kickers and try to anticipate which way the ball will come hurtling toward the goal. Psychologists have long recognized that shots happen too fast for goalies to react after the ball leaves the kicker's foot — they just have to dive and hope for the best. But now, a new study suggests they do so in predictable ways that clever shooters could use against them. The study, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, looked at every shootout in every World Cup and Euro Cup tournament between 1976 and 2012. They found that...

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