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Ligue 1 Teams' Performance on Penalties This Season

Ligue 1 Teams' Performance on Penalties This Season

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Publish on 02/26 at 22:00 - E. RAZO

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On Matchday 23 in Ligue 1, eight penalties were given, leading to six goals scored, marking the highest number of penalties and goals for a single matchday this season. Here's an overview of how teams have performed in converting their penalty kick opportunities.

This weekend saw a success rate of 75 percent (six out of eight), yet the overall season's penalty conversion percentage stands as the second lowest in the past decade, currently at 72.5 percent.

Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais are at the top regarding the teams that have converted the most penalties this season, as both sides have seven. 


Kylian Mbappé boasts a conversion rate of six successful penalties out of eight attempts. Following closely behind Mbappé are Benjamin Bourigeaud of Rennes and Téji Savanier of Montpellier HSC, both of whom have a perfect record, having converted all four of their penalty kick chances. 


Stade Brestois, Montpellier, and Toulouse FC are behind PSG and Rennes in goals scored from penalties with four. Brest and Montpellier are the two teams to have taken the most penalties without missing a single one (four).


So far this season, FC Lorient hasn't had the opportunity to take a penalty kick, and among the teams that have only scored one penalty is AS Monaco. Les Rouge et Blanc have the league's lowest penalty kick success rate, currently at 25 percent, after failing to convert another opportunity this weekend against RC Lens.


Goalkeeping is a significant factor when teams fail to capitalize on penalty kick opportunities. This season, Marcin Bulka of OGC Nice and Lucas Chevalier of LOSC Lille lead the charts in preventing penalty kick goals.

Bulka has successfully saved three out of five penalties, whereas Chevalier has stopped two out of four. Le Havre's Arthur Desmas is the sole shot-stopper to have successfully defended against at least one penalty kick without letting in a goal, having saved two penalties. 

Getting a penalty kick offers a better chance to score than open play, yet, as demonstrated this season, it is no simple task.

 

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