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censorthisss 6 points ago +6 / -0

and the other two were literally substituted in just to take the penalty kicks after having sat on the bench the whole game. That seems odd to me.

Happens all the time. Some players are really good at penalty kicks but not better than other players in the rest of the aspects of the game.

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Galean 0 points ago +3 / -3

I doubt it happens all the time. If you do not play you are not ready for the penalty kick.

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censorthisss 2 points ago +2 / -0

It absolutely happens all the time.

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ZeroPercentCamoIndex 3 points ago +3 / -0

You're right, it does, but I feel sorry for this guy's downvotes. He should be right. Someone who's been on a bench for 2 hours watching their mates kick a ball without doing it themselves is not ready to take one critical kick which will decide one of the biggest sports results on the planet. I feel sorry for Saka (although he was on the pitch longer, there had to have been better choices than him at that point), having that on your shoulders at 19 is a joke.

Lots of tactical things happen all the time which I think are stupid, for example the English defensive shift after scoring 2 minutes in. It sucks, it doesn't work, yet it isn't rare.