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Goal.com UK analyses who may step up if quarter-final needs a shootout...

With the 2010 World Cup set to resume on Friday at the quarter-final stage, just eight teams remain as we reach the business end of the competition - it's time to separate the men from the boys.

Although we may have experienced just one penalty shoot-out thus far in South Africa, Goal.com UK, with the help of the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis tool, ponders who could step forward to potentially make themselves a hero...

Argentina v Germany

Saturday 3 July, 15:00 BST
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town


Argentina will look to their array of attacking talent to fire them into the semi-finals should we go all the way to penalties in Cape Town on Saturday evening, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Diego Milito all set to step-up to the mark.

In Manchester City striker Tevez, Diego Maradona has a penalty expert at his disposal. Of the seven penalties he has taken, all of them have found their way to the back of the net. And with the forward having bagged a brace against Mexico in the last round, Tevez will be full of confidence come kick-off on Saturday.

Inter striker Milito has an equally as impressive record, having bagged 90 per cent of the ten penalties he’s taken, having fired one attempt over the bar whilst playing for Genoa against Lazio back in 2008.

Lionel Messi’s record of nine out of ten stands him in good stead to hold his nerve should it come down to penalties, while veteran Juan Sebastian Veron, now playing for Estudiantes La Plata, could step up to the mark as well.

And the man entrusted by Maradona to keep the ball away from the net is AZ Alkmaar’s Sergio Romero. The shot-stopper has only face one penalty, which came whilst playing for Argentina against Spain in 2009, when he was beaten by Xabi Alonso’s spot-kick.

Five likely takers - Argentina


Tevez

Higuain

Messi

Veron

Milito


What needs to be said about the Germans and penalties? They always seem to triumph in the pressure-cooker situation, and Joachim Loew will be hopeful that his charges should such a finale take place.

However, die Mannschaft are not equipped with the number of proven penalty takes that they have been in the past.

Lukas Podolski has taken seven penalties, scoring five, with the most recent of his squandered efforts coming during the group stages, when he was thwarted by Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger has scored three out of his last penalties, with two of them coming in the same game – a warm-up match against Bosnia Herzegovina in June.

Miroslav Klose and Nesut Oezil are both likely candidates, while midfielder Piotr Trochowski, who struck six out of six penalties, will almost certainly take one.

When Loew’s side could hold the key to success is goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is no fool when it comes to penalty-saving heroics. The German shot-stopper has thwarted the taker four times of the last ten spot-kicks that he’s faced, and Joachim Loew's side will feel confident of their chances of him performing more of the same.

Five likely takers - Germany


Schweinsteiger

Podolski

Klose

Oezil

Trochowski



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