Argentina in penalty shootouts at FIFA World Cup: Records, stats, saves and goals

Argentina is one of the few teams which has successfully handled FIFA World Cup penalty shootouts, having won four of the five penalty shootouts it has contested.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi places a football on the ground before taking a penalty in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi places a football on the ground before taking a penalty in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Argentina is one of the few teams which has successfully handled FIFA World Cup penalty shootouts, having won four of the five penalty shootouts it has contested.

There aren’t many things in football as nerve-wracking as a penalty shootout. Add to that the stakes of progression in FIFA World Cup and the pressure rises to another level.

Argentina, though, is one of the few teams which has successfully handled the complexity of FIFA World Cup penalty shootouts, having contested in five, the most by any team.

Argentina has four wins of those five, with only Germany having won that many tiebreakers, albeit with a 100% record. It has also beaten Netherlands, Friday’s quarterfinal opponent in the 2022 edition, in 2014 by a margin of 4-2.

Here are all the penalty shootouts Argentina has been part of:

Argentina vs Yugoslavia, 1990: Argentina’s first tryst with a FIFA World Cup shootout came in the quarterfinal of Italy 1990, where it faced Yugoslavia and the game ended goalless after 120 minutes of play.

The legend of Sergio Goycochea-in action against Yugoslavia (left, below) and being chaired by his ecstatic teammates after saving a crucial penalty against Italy - began after 12 minutes in the match against the Soviets. And, after the World Cup, the Argentine goalkeeper is almost as popular as Diego Maradona, back home.

The legend of Sergio Goycochea-in action against Yugoslavia (left, below) and being chaired by his ecstatic teammates after saving a crucial penalty against Italy - began after 12 minutes in the match against the Soviets. And, after the World Cup, the Argentine goalkeeper is almost as popular as Diego Maradona, back home.

Despite Diego Maradona missing his penalty, the defending champion won the shootout, thanks to Sergio Goycochea, the Argentine, who stopped Yugoslavia’s last two penalty kicks.

Argentina vs Italy, 1990: Argentina didn’t have to wait too long to encounter its next penalty shootout as it played out a 1-- 1 draw against host Italy in the next stage, the semifinals, of the 1990 tournament.

The Argentine shooters were laser-sharp as they pumped in four unstoppable penalties. Italy stayed abreast until the fourth shot, by Roberto Donadoni, which was saved by Goycochea, who repeated his act against Aldo Serena in final kick to drag his team through the second successive penalty.

Argentina vs England, 1998: Eight years later, Argentina registered its third successive penalty shootout win, this time against England in the Round of 16. The game had everything, four goals shared among the two, a red card for David Beckham and a late Sol Campbell goal disallowed.

Argentine ‘keeper Carlos Roa moving to his right to save the penalty kick taken by England’s David Batty. THE SAVE that won Argentina a passage into the quarterfinals...AND THE REJOICING: An ecstatic Roa celebrates after a job well done. A dejected Batty is on his left.

Argentine ‘keeper Carlos Roa moving to his right to save the penalty kick taken by England’s David Batty. THE SAVE that won Argentina a passage into the quarterfinals...AND THE REJOICING: An ecstatic Roa celebrates after a job well done. A dejected Batty is on his left.

Finally in the shootout, Argentina prevailed, to resign England to another penalty defeat. Hernan Crespo missed the second kick for Argentina, before keeper Carlos Roa saved kicks from David Batty and Paul Ince to take the South Americans through.

Argentina vs Germany, 2006: Argentina’s only defeat in FIFA World Cup shootouts came in 2006 against the shootout experts, Germany in the quarterfinals.

German players react after goalie Jens Lehmann (1) made a save to win the game in the shootout of the quarterfinal World Cup match between Germany and Argentina.

German players react after goalie Jens Lehmann (1) made a save to win the game in the shootout of the quarterfinal World Cup match between Germany and Argentina. | Photo Credit: Roberto Candia

German keeper Jens Lehmann brought on all the tricks from the book (he had a piece of crumbled paper that had detailed penalty stats of Argentine shooters) to outfox Argentina. Roberto Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso missed as Germany preserved its all-win record in World Cup shootouts.

Argentina vs Netherlands, 2014: Argentina returned to winning ways in FIFA World Cup shootouts against Netherlands in the 2014 semifinal.

Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a penalty from Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder during a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina.

Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a penalty from Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder during a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina. | Photo Credit: MARTIN MEISSNER

Sergio Romero was the hero for Argentina as he saved the penalties of Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijdeto help his side into the final, where it eventually succumbed to Germany.

Get all the results for the FIFA World Cup 2022 here: Full list of all matches, scores, results, goalscorers

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