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World Cup in focus (5)

Phil Coomes | 12:25 UK time, Tuesday, 6 July 2010

As Uruguay prepares for a World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands Denis Paquin, deputy director of photography at Associated Press, talks about how they handle penalty shoot-outs.

"Following extra time in the quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana our team of photographers took up different positions around the pitch for the penalty shoot-out.
 
"It's important to not only to cover every angle, but to ensure that everyone knows their assignment once the shoot-out begins. That direction is given to each of our coverage teams before every match by World Cup photo leader Tony Hicks in order for every aspect to be properly captured.
 
"One photographer will position him or herself behind the goal, while others will take up position in the corners, along the sidelines while the opposite end and overhead photographers maintain their positions.
 
"The division of duties will dictate that someone will be watching the penalty kicker, the goalkeeper, and the other team members while the one overhead focuses tightly on the goalkeeper and the other with a view of the penalty taker and goalkeeper.
 
"The end result is well co-ordinated coverage to capture the various moments that we will send to our worldwide subscribers to illustrate the game ending story."

There follows a range of shots from the game.

Uruguay players, left, and Ghana players, right, line up during penalty shootoutsUruguay, left, and Ghana, right, line up during the penalty shoot-out. Photo by Fernando Vergara/AP

02WCUP764.jpgUruguay's Sebastian Abreu, left, scores against Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson. Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP

03aWCUP745.jpgGhana's Dominic Adiyiah fails to score on a shoot-out penalty past Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Photo by Luca Bruno/AP

03WCUP805.jpgUruguay's Sebastian Abreu celebrates after scoring the decisive goal. Photo by Ivan Sekretarev/AP

04WCUP748.jpgUruguay's Diego Forlan, left, scores. Photo by Ivan Sekretarev/AP

05WCUP759.jpgGhana's Dominic Adiyiah reacts after missing his penalty. Photo by Bernat Armangue/AP

08WCUP809.jpgUruguay's Sebastian Abreu celebrates as his team go through to the next round. Photo by Themba Hadebe/AP

09CUP814.jpgUruguay players celebrate victory. Photo by Bernat Armangue/AP

Related posts:
World cup in focus (4): Crossing the line
World cup in focus (3): Cropping
World cup in focus (2): Rob Green
World cup in focus (1): The logistics

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