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Will it be another penalty shoot-out decider as England, France Clash?



Doha, State of Qatar

Penalty shoot-out has been trending as the Qatar 2022 get to its closing stages.

Teams have savour the joy of shoot-out while some are left rueing thier losses in what could easily go for lottery in deciding fate.

Poor Japan; Poor Spain, Brazil and Netherlands! They would have wished somebody did not invent the penalty shoot=out rule as tie breaker.

Attention now focus on European continental latebt rivals.

The last of the four FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-finals brings together European rivals England and France, who have met twice before at the finals, England winning both matches – 2-0 in the final group fixture of their 1966 triumph and 3-1 in their opening match in 1982.

This is the first knockout match between the cross-Channel neighbours at any major tournament.


England have won only three of their nine previous FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, the third of those under Gareth Southgate in 2018, 2-0 against Sweden.

 Their only two previous FIFA World Cup fixtures against defending champions were both quarter-final defeats, 4-2 by Uruguay in 1954 and 3-1 by Brazil in 1962.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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