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London 2012 football doodle: Defend penalty shots

London 2012 football doodle: Defend penalty shots

Adding a fourth sport to its armchair Olympics, Google takes you to the the football field.

New Delhi: If your wrists are aching from all the canoeing on Thursday, Google has a new game for you to play that is not as taxing on your wrists. You can play the London 2012 football doodle using either the keyboard or the mouse or even a combination of both.

Adding a fourth sport to its armchair Olympics, Google takes you to the the football field, where you as a goalkeeper strive to prevent your opponent from scoring goals. On the top right of the doodle is the score board that shows the number of goals defended by you, while on the top left is the board that counts number of goals scored against you. At three strikes, the game's over.

Users can use the right and left right arrow keys to move the goalkeeper and press the spacebar key to jump to save goals. Alternately you can move the mouse to move the goalkeeper and press the left or right mouse button to make the goal keeper jump. You can also use the keyboard to perform one action and the mouse for another. The letters of the Google logo has been haphazardly placed on the right and left of the goal post.

If you want to get a preview of the Google London 2012 football doodle, click here or start your game in the doodle embedded below the text of this story.

This is the fifteenth doodle posted by Google during the ongoing London 2012 Olympics. The football events are scheduled to be contested from July 25 to August 11. The football pitches are not exactly the same size in all the venues, but vary between 100 metres–110 metres long and 64 metres–75 metres wide. The penalty spot at either end is 11 metres from the goal.

Teams of 11 players compete across two 45-minute halves, with extra time and penalty shootouts used to decide drawn matches during the knockout stages of the competition.

At London 2012 the men's Football is an under-23s competition, although each team is allowed to include three older players. There is no age restriction in the women’s competition.

At London 2012, both the men’s and women's Football competitions begin with a preliminary stage: the 16 men's and 12 women's teams are divided into groups of four teams (four groups in the men's and three groups in the women's competition), and each team plays every other in their group. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and nothing for a loss.