France on penalties at the FIFA World Cup: records, stats, saves and goals

Nothing can be more nerve-wracking than a penalty shoot-out that decides the outcome of a football match, especially in the round of 16 of a World Cup.

France, the world champions, have a 50% success rate in World Cup penalty shootouts.

Here are all the penalty shootouts that France have participated in at the World Cup

West Germany vs France, 1982

The 1982 World Cup semi-final match between West Germany and France ended 3-3 after extra time. It was the first time in their World Cup history that France had faced a penalty shootout.

Both teams were level after five penalties each, having scored four and missed one, meaning the penalty shootout resulted in a sudden death.

Maxime Bossis failed to save his penalty and Germany’s Horst Hrubesch converted his penalty in a 5-4 win for the West Germans.

France vs Brazil, 1986

The quarter-final match between France and Brazil ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football. The French team had to deal with another shootout after losing their first in the previous edition in Spain.

Socrates missed his first penalty for Brazil and put the Selecao under pressure from the start, but Michel Platini’s miss meant Brazil were back in the game. However, Julio Cesar missed his shot and Luis Fernandez scored to win the game for France. It was France’s first win on penalties (4-3) at a World Cup.

France vs Italy, 1998

It was France’s turn to host the World Cup. The quarter-final match between France and Italy ended goalless after extra time.

(Left to right) Alan Boghossian, Bernard Diomede, Bixente Lizarazu, Christophe Dugarry, Fabien Barthez, Zinedine Zidane and David Trezeguet from across France celebrate after their World Cup Quarter Final match against Italy at the Stade de France in St Denis. | Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane and Roberto Baggio each scored their first penalties for France and Italy. However, France’s Bixente Lizarazu and Italy’s Demetrio Albertini missed their subsequent penalties. David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry and Laurent Blanc scored the next three penalties for France, but Luigi Di Biagio failed to convert his last penalty, resulting in a 4-3 victory for France.

Italy vs France, 2006

The 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France ended with a 1-1 result after extra time. France’s morale was already low after losing Zidane to Marco Materazzi’s headbutt and now they had to deal with the mental pressure of a penalty shoot-out on football’s greatest stage.

Italian defender Fabio Grosso (L) scores the winning penalty kick against French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez during the final soccer match of the 2006 World Cup Italy vs France July 9, 2006 at the Berlin stadium.

Italian defender Fabio Grosso (L) scores the winning penalty kick against French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez during the final soccer match of the 2006 World Cup Italy vs France July 9, 2006 at the Berlin stadium. | Credit: AFP/ODD ANDERSEN

All five of Italy’s penalty takers scored, but France failed to match their record 100% after David Trezeguet missed his penalty. Fabio Grosso scored the decisive penalty that gave Italy the World Cup title.

Penalty shootout statistics in France at the World Cup

Played: 4

Won: 2

Lost: 2

profit year: 1986, 1998

loss year: 1982, 2006

Win Percentage: 50%

All results of the FIFA World Cup 2022 can be found here: Complete list of all matches, scores, scores, scorers

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