Are goalkeepers getting away with cheating during World Cup shootouts?

The laws are clear: the keeper must stay on his line until the ball has been kicked when it comes to penalties

“The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked” – one of the laws of the game that seems to have escaped the attention of referees in Russia at this World Cup.

The issue has been thrown into sharp relief by the shootouts in Sunday’s two last-16 matches. Freeze frames of the penalties show Russia’s Igor Akinfeev, Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel and Croatia’s Danijel Subasic were routinely well off their lines. Between them they saved seven of the 15 penalties they faced. Spain’s David de Gea failed to keep out a spot-kick, despite employing the same tactics.

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