How have the 8 quarter-finalists in Qatar fared in World Cup penalty shootouts?

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The group stages of the 2022 World Cup have now finished, with plenty of shocks taking place in the opening matches, including Saudi Arabia defeating Argentina and Cameroon beating Brazil.

But the South American sides perhaps won’t care about the losses, with both ending up topping their groups and indeed making it into the quarter-finals.

The progression into the knockout stages does, of course, mean that games can no longer end in a draw, with extra time and the potential for a dreaded penalty shootout now awaiting those who play out a stalemate after 120 minutes.

The penalty shootout was first introduced in the World Cup in 1982, with the semi-final meeting between Germany and France becoming the first match in the tournament’s history to be decided by such a fate.

Of the 21 World Cup finals played, just two have been decided on penalties, with Brazil defeating Italy in 1994, and Italy then defeating France in 2006.

A total of 32 nations began the 2022 World Cup in mid-November, with that number down to just eight. But what are they like from the spot?

How have the 8 quarter-finalists fared in World Cup penalty shootouts?


1 win

4-3 v Costa Rica (2014 quarter-final)

2 losses

2-4 v Brazil (1998 semi-final)

2-4 v Argentina (2014 semi-final)

With a fine 3-1 round of 16 victory over a determined USA side, the Netherlands became the first nation to clinch a quarter-final spot at the 2022 World Cup. It came after they topped Group A thanks to wins against Qatar and Senegal and a draw with Ecuador.

With three goals, talented winger Cody Gakpo sits just behind Kylian Mbappe in the goalscoring standings, and is level with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Lionel Messi. The Netherlands now meet Argentina in the quarter-finals in Qatar.


4 wins

3-2 v Yugoslavia (1990 quarter-final)

4-3 v Italy (1990 semi-final)

4-3 v England (1998 round of 16)

4-2 v Netherlands (2014 semi-final)

1 loss

2-4 v Germany (2006 quarter-final)

As mentioned, South American giants Argentina have been drawn to face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, having beaten Australia 2-1 in the round of 16, becoming the second nation to qualify for the last eight in the process.

With three goals, Messi has perhaps unsurprisingly been the standout for his side, with many neutrals now hoping that one of the best players of all time can finally get his hands on the World Cup trophy. He netted his first-ever World Cup knockout stage goal against Australia, in what was his 1,000th career match.


2 wins

4-3 v Brazil (1986 quarter-final)

4-3 v Italy (1998 quarter-final)

2 losses

4-5 v Germany (1982 semi-final)

3-5 v Italy (2006 final)

Third to make it to the last eight in Qatar was France, who came past Poland 3-1 thanks to the magnificence of world-beater Mbappe. As noted, the young superstar now sits top of the scoring standings with five goals, following on from his four in Russia in 2018.

France may have lost to Tunisia in the group stages in Qatar, but wins against Australia and Denmark ensured top spot. A hugely intriguing quarter-final showdown with England now awaits in the quarter-finals.

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1 win

4-3 v Colombia (2018 round of 16)

3 losses

3-4 v Germany (1990 semi-final)

3-4 v Argentina (1998 round of 16)

1-3 v Portugal (2006 quarter-final)

England secured their last eight meeting with France thanks to a 3-0 victory over Senegal in the round of 16, with young midfielder Jude Bellingham stealing the show thanks to his fine display in midfield.

The Three Lions made it to the knockouts after finishing top of Group B with wins against Iran and Wales, along with a goalless draw against the USA. A hugely intriguing encounter with Les Bleus now awaits, with key battles set to take place all over the field.


3 wins

3-2 v Denmark (2018 round of 16)

4-3 v Russia (2018 quarter-final)

3-1 v Japan (2022 round of 16)

0 losses

Following England into the last eight were Croatia, who along with Japan played out the first penalty shootout of the 2022 World Cup. A 1-1 stalemate sent the match the full way, with Croatia coming out on top 3-1 on spot kicks.

The likes of veterans Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren have all played key roles for their nation in the tournament so far. They helped Croatia finish second in Group F, with a hugely tricky test against favourites Brazil now standing in their way of a semi-final spot.


3 wins

3-2 v Italy (1994 final)

4-2 v Netherlands (1998 semi-final)

3-2 v Chile (2014 round of 16)

1 loss

3-4 v France (1986 quarter-final)

As mentioned, Brazil are the favourites to lift the trophy in Qatar, with their stars putting on a fine showing in their round of 16 thrashing of South Korea. The 4-1 victory came after a rather uninspiring group stage campaign, where Brazil scored just three goals from their three games.

The South Americans also lost to Cameroon, but had previously done enough against Serbia and Switzerland to finish top of the pile. A mouthwatering clash with Argentina could take place in the semi-finals if both footballing giants win their quarter-final ties.


1 win

3-0 v Spain (2022 round of 16)

0 losses

Next into the hat for the last eight were Morocco, proudly waving the flag for Africa at the 2022 World Cup. There have been plenty of shocks in Qatar so far, and Morocco have been responsible for two of the biggest.

After defeating Belgium in the groups, Morocco came out on top in a penalty shootout in the round of 16 against Spain, holding their nerve from the spot after an exciting goalless draw. While Spain have now been eliminated on penalties from their last three major tournaments, this was Morocco’s very first shootout at the World Cup.


1 win

3-1 v England (2006 quarter-final)

0 losses

And securing the eighth and final spot in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals was Portugal, who put on a real showing against Switzerland, winning 6-1 as the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo largely watched on from the bench. He was handed just 15 minutes by manager Fernando Santos in the win.

New kid on the block Goncalo Ramos netted a hat-trick in the thrashing, with Portugal now facing Morocco in the last eight, having previously topped their group with two wins and a loss. The Portuguese sent out a fierce threat to other nations in Qatar with the stunning victory, with youngster Ramos enjoying an unforgettable evening in front of goal.

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