The 2022 World Cup has reached the quarter-final stage, with penalties already in abundance.
But as always, the round of 16 of a major tournament carries the added risk of penalties if the sides cannot be split in 120 minutes, and both Croatia and Brazil plus the Netherlands and Argentina needed it to separate the two sides in the first match. two quarterfinals on Friday night.
Before the quarterfinals start, Sports Telegraph dug through the archives to evaluate the records of each of the eight remaining teams to see who had been perfect historically…and which countries struggled from 12 yards.
Croatia vs Brazil
What is Croatia’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Four (three wins, one loss)
After losing on penalties in heartbreaking first time in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, Croatia can look back on a hat-trick of World Cup victories since then.
They overcame Denmark in the 2018 round of 16 thanks to the heroism of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, while Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty in the next round against Russia.
In this tournament, Dominik Livakovic emulated Subasic’s heroism by saving three Japanese penalties to ensure his team’s passage to the round of 16.
What is Brazil’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: 13 (eight wins, five losses)
Selecao famously won the 1994 World Cup final on penalties after a goalless draw against Italy, Roberto Baggio blazing over the bar.
Brazil also defeated the hapless Netherlands (more to come) in the 1998 semi-final, with Claudio Taffarel saving Phillip Cocu and Ronald de Boer, though he was comfortably upset by hosts France in the final after the mystery pre- match on the fitness of the forward Ronaldo.
There have been fewer penalty shoot-outs for Brazil in recent years, with the most notable results including a round of 16 triumph against Chile in 2014, when Julio Cesar made two saves, while the penalty kick success against Paraguay in the 2019 Copa América quarter-final paved the way to glory in that tournament.
Holland vs Argentina
What is the Netherlands’ penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Seven (two wins, five losses)
England may have developed a penalty shootout complex over the years, but the Dutch may be the greatest penalty shootout takers in history.
A quick rundown of all the defeats that will continue to hurt: Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 1992; France in the quarter-finals of Euro ’96, Brazil at the ’98 World Cup; Italy in the Euro 2000 semi-final; and Argentina in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup.
In better news, they’ve won two of their last three, with that defeat to Brazil eight years ago following a quarter-final triumph against Costa Rica when Jasper Cillessen made two saves, while there was also a 5-4 victory on penalties against Sweden at Euro 2004 to scream.
What is Argentina’s penalty shootout record?
Penalty shots: 14 (eight wins, six losses)
Sergio Goycochea was the hero in the 1990 World Cup semi-final, memorably denying Italy’s Roberto Donadoni and Aldo Serena as Argentina secured a place in the final.
Fast forward eight years (look away now England fans) and Argentina also enjoyed success in their next World Cup on penalties, with the Three Lions crashing out in the round of 16 after the David Batty’s heartbreaking failure.
Argentina knocked out the Netherlands in the 2014 semi-final, as mentioned above, but failed to overcome Germany in the final, where Mario Götze’s extra-time goal made the difference.
In their latest shootout, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martínez indulged in some profanity with the Colombian shooters… and then saved three shots from the spot as Argentina qualified for the 2021 Copa América semi-final.
Morocco vs Portugal
What is Morocco’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Three (one win, two losses)
Before the round of 16 against Spain in Qatar, the Atlas Lions had never won a 12-yard battle of nerves.
But those defeats at the 1988 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments can be consigned to the dustbin of history, with victory over Luis Enrique’s side marking Moroccan football’s finest moment.
What is Portugal’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Four (three wins, one loss)
Another painful blast from the past for England fans, who saw the ‘Golden Generation’ expelled from back-to-back tournaments by Portugal on penalties.
The first was in the Euro 2004 quarter-final when Ricardo saved from Darius Vassell and then calmly placed the winning penalty himself, before Portugal repeated the trick in the World Cup quarter-final in 2006, with Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher absent .
Since then, Portugal won and lost once, failing against Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2012, before getting the better of Poland at Euro 2016 after scoring all five penalties.
England versus France
What is England’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Nine (two wins, seven losses)
Not a great read. England fans hardly need to recall all the horror spectacles fired up over the years, but there we are anyway… the 1990 World Cup semi-final against West Germany (cue to Paul Gascoigne’s tears); the Euro ’96 semi-final against Germany when Gareth Southgate missed the decisive shot from the penalty spot; World Cup ’98 against Argentina; Portugal x2 in 2004 and 2006; Italy in the round of 16 of Euro 2012; and then another loss to the Azzurri in last year’s European final at Wembley.
The two wins on penalties? Against Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro ’96 and against Colombia four years ago when Eric Dier scored the decisive penalty.
What is France’s penalty shoot-out record?
Penalty shots: Seven (three wins, four losses)
A mixed bag for the French, with more memorable defeats than victories. The most shocking penalty shootout defeats include the 1982 World Cup semi-final against West Germany, the Euro ’98 semi-final loss against the Czech Republic and, worst of all, the 2006 World Cup final against Italy, when the Azzurri won 5 -3 on penalties after Zinedine Zidane’s header.
France also lost their last penalty on penalties, having been surprisingly knocked out of last summer’s Euros by the Swiss after a thrilling 3-3 draw, with one Kylian Mbappé missing the decisive penalty.
Penalty victories include the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil, the Euro ’96 quarter-final against the Netherlands and the quarter-final clash against Italy in 1998, which held the France on course for historic home triumph.