The psychology of choking
25 April 2011 Last updated at 06:46 GMT By Matthew Syed Journalist, broadcaster and former Commonwealth table tennis champion The Champions League semi-finals are still a few days away, but the prospect of the dreaded penalty shoot-out is already looming. Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted that it took months to come to terms with the spot-kick he missed in the Champions League final in 2008, when he slipped before making contact with the ball. Former England defender Gareth Southgate will probably always be associated with his miss at the European Championship semi-final in 1996, when he shot with a woeful lack of conviction. Both men have testified how treacherously difficult it is to score from 12 yards when you are shouldering the hopes of millions.
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