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Goalkeepers guilty of leaving their lines early to save penalties

Goalkeepers guilty of leaving their lines early to save penalties
It is arguably the most frequently broken rule in football and Sunday's World Cup last 16 clashes once again provided a number of examples of goalkeepers leaving their lines early to save a penalty.

Russia's Igor Akinfeev, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel and Danijel Subasic of Croatia were all guilty of stepping towards the ball before it had been kicked. Spain's David de Gea was the only one to stand his ground, except on one occasion.

FIFA's rules clearly state this is illegal. Yet, despite the use of VAR in Russia and referees standing just yards away from the goal, none of the stoppers were picked up on their foul play.

During the shootouts between Spain and Russia and Croatia against Denmark, a staggering 15 of the 19 spot kicks saw the goalkeeper leave his line early.

Subasic  became just the second keeper in World Cup history to save three penalties in a World Cup shootout.

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