Brazil’s tense second round encounter with Chile went all the way to spot kicks while Germany were in danger of going the same way before two goals in extra time against outsiders Algeria.
But with more testing quarter-finals against Colombia and France respectively to come, it could pay off to back the two market leaders for World Cup glory to advance via penalties.
Boasting impressive odds on such an outcome before kick-off, read on to find out why backing a victory with five perfect penalties from 12 yards could add up to a big return.
Die Mannschaft are the undisputed kings of the penalty shootout, having never lost a contest from 12 yards in their entire history. Les Bleus, by contrast, have suffered fairly recently from the spot, losing on penalties in the 2006 World Cup final.
With both teams playing out draws in the group stage and leaving it late to find wins in the second round, the idea of this game going to extra time is a distinct possibility. Germany have something of a psychological edge in that respect too having dispatched France in a shootout back in 1982.
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These two teams have a track record for stalemates with each of the previous four meetings ending in draws and if a solid Selecao defence boasting more mobility than that of Uruguay can stifle the talents of James Rodriguez then we could be heading to extra time and beyond.
Brazil have a good track record in penalty shootouts at the World Cup, winning each of their last three including a victory over Chile last time out that will stand them in good stead for what to expect should this game go the distance. By contrast Colombia have never faced World Cup spot kicks and could crumble like La Roja did.
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