Japan and Spain were terrible when they were put on the spot in Qatar. A look back at the worst shots on goal in World Cup history. Even Maradona felt the pressure…
Japan were knocked out of the World Cup in anti-climactic fashion after missing three kicks in a chaotic shootout with Croatia, then Spain suffered the same fate against Morocco. They were the 31st and 32nd games in a World Cup final to go on penalties and the eighth and ninth in which at least half the attempts failed.
Here are the other miserable shootouts in which at least half of the penalties were saved or missed…
1990 quarter-finals: Argentina 3-2 Yugoslavia after a 0-0 draw
Even the great Diego Maradona was not immune to the pressure of a shootout. The Argentine number 10 was one of five players to miss in Florence after Yugoslavia played all but the first 31 minutes of a goalless draw following Refik Sabanadzovic’s red card. Maradona was also a terrible penalty. Luckily for Argentina, Sergio Goycoechea saved two kicks to secure a place in the semi-finals.
Argentina: Serrizuela, Burruchaga, Maradona, Troglio, Dezotti
Yugoslavia: StojkovicProsinecki, Savicevic, Brnovic, hadzibegic
Fat unsuccessful takers.
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Yugoslavia, playing with 10 men for 90 minutes, led Argentina on penalties in Florence.
As the shootout headed for sudden death after misfires by Stojković, Maradona, Troglio and Brnović, Argentina needed a hero.
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2002 Round of 16: Spain 3-2 Republic of Ireland after a 1-1 draw
Mick McCarthy took the Boys in Green to the brink of the quarter-finals after having more possession than Spain – 55% – 45% – in Suwon, South Korea. But the Irish couldn’t cross the line, missing three successive penalties after Ian Harte missed the point in regulation time. The Spaniards were little better, Juanfran and Juan Carlos Valeron both missing the target while Gaizka Mendieta’s kick to win was unconvincing.
Spain: Hierro, Deck, Juanfran, Valeronbegs
Republic of Ireland: Robbie Keane, Holland, Connolly, Kilbane, Finnish
2006 quarter-finals: Portugal 3-1 England after a 0-0 draw
England failed to reach their fifth taker after three of their first four misses against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen. Ricardo became the first goalkeeper in World Cup history to save three penalties when he denied Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher after England lost David Beckham to injury and Wayne Rooney to a red card in regulation time. Carragher scored his own on the first attempt but failed when told to retake.
Portugal: Simao, viana, SmallPostiga, Ronaldo
England: lampardHargreaves, Gerard, Carragher
2014 Round of 16: Brazil 3-2 Chile after a 1-1 draw
Julio Cesar was the hosts’ hero, making two saves as Brazil slipped into the quarter-finals. Cesar, who spent the previous season on loan from QPR at Toronto FC, saved Mauricio Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez before Gonzalo Jara hit the post as it looked like fate was on Brazil’s side. Then they lost Neymar to injury in the quarter-finals and as they held a vigil for their fallen star, Germany beat them seven times in the semi-finals.
Brazil: David Luiz, WillianMarcello, PontoonNeymar
Chile: pinilla, SanchezAranguiz, Diaz, Jara
2018 Round of 16: Croatia 3-2 Denmark after a 1-1 draw
Luka Modric had the chance to avoid all the inconvenience of the penalty but the Croatian star saw his penalty in extra time saved by Kasper Schmeichel. The Danish keeper saved two more in the shootout, but his Croatian counterpart Danijel Subasic did better, deflecting Christian Eriksen’s opener to the post before blocking the Danes’ final two spot-kicks, each p* ss-poor attempts.
Croatia: badeljKramaric, Modric, PivaricRakitic
Denmark: EriksenKjaer, Krohn-Dehli, To clean, Jorgensen
1994 Round of 16: Bulgaria 3-1 Mexico after a 1-1 draw
Alberto Garcia Aspe scored from the spot in regulation time at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, but the midfielder was one of three to miss in the shootout after 3ft 8in Jorge Campos got the ball off to a flying start Mexico by refusing Krasimir Balakov. Garcia Aspe bit the bar before Boris Mihaylov’s wig saved Mexico’s next two efforts to set up a quarter-final against Germany.
Bulgaria: BalakovGenchev, Borimirov, Lechkov.
Mexico: Garcia Aspe, Bernal, Rodriguez. Suarez
2006 Round of 16: Ukraine 3-0 Switzerland after a 0-0 draw
It was the only shootout in the history of the finals where a team failed to score any of their attempts (until Spain had a mare in Qatar), which happened at the end of this The Guardian called “the most boring game in World Cup history”. Andriy Shevchenko and Marco Streller missed the first two kicks before Ukraine finally pulled themselves together. Switzerland has no…
Ukraine: Shevchenko, Milevsky, Rebrov, Husev
Swiss: Streller, Barnetta, Cabins
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