How the 2022 Finalists Made History

Emiliano Martínez – World Cup penalty records: how the 2022 semi-finalists made history – Getty Images/Jean Catuffe

The 2022 World Cup has reached the final hurdle – Argentina against France for the title – with penalties already in play aplenty.

But as always, the round of 16 of a major tournament carries the added risk of penalties if the teams cannot be spread over 120 minutes, and Croatia and Brazil as well as the Netherlands and Argentina in needed to separate the two opening teams. two quarter-finals

Sports Telegraph delved into the archives to assess the shots on goal records of the two finalists to see who had been historically perfect… and which countries struggled from 12 yards.

The World Cup final: Argentina vs France

What is Argentina’s penalty shootout record?

Shoot to the net : 15 (nine wins, six losses)

Sergio Goycochea was the hero of the 1990 World Cup semi-final, memorably turning down Italians Roberto Donadoni and Aldo Serena as Argentina secured a place in the final.

Fast forward eight years (now look to the England fans) and Argentina also succeeded in their next World Cup shootout, with the Three Lions crashing into the last 16 after a heartbreaking loss to David Batty.

Argentina beat the Netherlands in the 2014 semi-finals, as mentioned above, but couldn’t defeat Germany in the final where Mario Götze’s extra-time goal was the difference.

In their final penalty shoot-out before the World Cup, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martínez engaged in trash talk with the Colombian takers… then saved three penalty kicks as Argentina progressed to the semi-finals of the 2021 Copa América.

It was Martínez, once again, who was the hero in Qatar when he kept his side in the tournament after saving from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis to send the Netherlands crashing and Argentina in the semi-finals.

What is France’s record on penalties?

Shoot to the net : Seven (three wins, four losses)

A mixed bag for the French, with more memorable defeats than victories. The shootout defeats that will sting the most include the 1982 World Cup semi-final against West Germany, the Euro 98 semi-final defeat against the Czech Republic and, worst of all, the 2006 World Cup final against Italy, when the Azzurri won 5-3 at pens after Zinedine Zidane’s header.

France also lost their last shootout, being surprisingly knocked out of last summer’s Euros by the Swiss after a thrilling 3-3 draw, with a certain Kylian Mbappé missing the crucial penalty.

Notable kick victories include the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against Brazil, the Euro 96 quarter-final against the Netherlands and the last eight clashes against Italy in 1998 which allowed France to stay on course for a historic triumph at home.

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