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Down the middle

Darius Vassel of Aston Villa scored on a penalty today against Chelsea. The British television commentary was typically understated: "Straight down the middle, and how often it proves successful." Add another one to the list. Perhaps penalty taking is catching up with Chiappori, Levitt, and Groseclose (2002), but the goalkeepers are still diving ...

The award for the cheekiest down-the-middle penalty kick remains in the possession of Thierry Henry (of course), from Arsenal.