Game theory and Barthez’ penalty save
One of the subplots in yesterday’s tempest of a match between France and England was Barthez’ acrobatic save of Beckham’s penalty in the 73rd minute. England were up 1-0 and a second goal might have put the game to bed.
Beckham is a world-class striker of the ball, and he hit the penalty shot crisply. But Barthez was at his right post in a flash and pushed the ball to safety – he’d guessed right, gotten lucky. Or did he? France reveal penalty plan, reports the BBC:
France defender Mikael Silvestre has revealed that team-mate Fabien Barthez had watched videos of David Beckham’s penalty-taking prior to Sunday’s win.
Barthez brilliantly saved England captain Beckham’s second-half spot-kick to keep France in the game at 1-0.
“We had a look at all the penalties he took and he was always taking them this way,” said Silvestre after France’s last-gasp 2-1 win.
“So Fabien did a good job. He went to his right and it was a great save.”