THERE’S nothing more nerve racking in football than a penalty kick – and the winter World Cup has had its fair share of them already.
The huge tournament in Qatar was always destined to throw up some major talking points.Gareth Bale scored a penalty for Wales which proved to be their equaliser against USA[/caption]
And alongside the semi-automatic VAR system, controversial penalty decisions has been on the lips of most fans.
Even legendary footballers Graeme Souness and Roy Keane got into a heated argument over the spot-kick during Saudi Arabia’s upset over Argentina.
Find out how many penalties there has been at the World Cup so far below…
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How many penalties has there been at the World Cup 2022?
In total, there has been eight penalties awarded at the World Cup so far.
Here is how they have gone:
- Enner Valencia (scored) – Qatar vs ECUADOR
- Mehdi Taremi (scored) – England vs IRAN
- Gareth Bale (scored) – USA vs WALES
- Lionel Messi (scored) – ARGENTINA vs Saudi Arabia
- Robert Lewandowski (saved) – POLAND vs Mexico
- Ilkay Gundogan (scored) – GERMANY vs Japan
- Ferran Torres (scored) – SPAIN vs Costa Rica
- Alphonso Davies – (saved) CANADA vs Belgium
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How many penalties were awarded at the World Cup 2018?
There were a record number of penalties given to teams as the World Cup Russian edition was the first to use VAR.
In 64 matches, there were a total of 29 penalties – with 22 scored and seven either saved or missed.