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World Cup final penalty shootouts: FIFA championship matches decided on penalties

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It is difficult to imagine a more pressure-filled situation in professional football than a penalty shootout to decide a World Cup final.

It has only happened on two previous occasions in the history of FIFA’s men’s tournament, which is about to wrap up its 22nd edition in Qatar.

But there is every chance that Argentina and France could be facing that dreaded scenario at the end of their decisive meeting on Sunday.

So, what does history tell us about those situations? Here, we find out more.

World Cup final penalty shootouts

Italy have been involved in both the World Cup final penalty shootouts we have seen so far, winning one and losing one.

Their victory came against France, which could well play on Les Bleus’ mind should they end up in that situation against Argentina.

Edition Final score Pen score Winner
2006 Brazil 0-0 Italy (a.e.t) 3-2 Brazil
1994 Italy 1-1 France (a.e.t) 5-3 Italy

World Cup finals decided on penalties

Here’s a breakdown of how the two finals’ penalty shootouts went. 

2006: Italy 1-1 France (5-3 pens)

Italy (5)

  • Pirlo (scored)
  • Materazzi (scored) 
  • De Rossi (scored)
  • Del Piero (scored)
  • Grosso (scored)

France (3)

  • Wiltord (scored)
  • Trezeguet (hit crossbar)
  • Abidal (scored)
  • Sagnol (scored) 

1994: Brazil 0-0 Italy (3-2 pens)

Brazil (3)

  • Marcio Santos (saved)
  • Romario (scored)
  • Branco (scored)
  • Dunga (scored)

Italy (2)

  • Baresi (over crossbar)
  • Albertini (scored)
  • Evani (scored)
  • Massaro (saved)
  • Baggio (over)


Credit: sportingnews.com

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