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Goal.com ponders who could take a penalty in Sunday's final...

The 2010 World Cup comes to a conclusion over the weekend with first, second and third place to be decided in what should prove an exciting climax to the tournament in South Africa.

It's the big one on Sunday as the Netherlands meet Spain for the right to be crowned world champions and Goal.com , with the help of the Castrol Edge Penalty Analysis tool, predicts who could step up to the plate should the game go all the way to a penalty shoot-out.
Netherlands v Spain

Sunday 11 July, 1930 BST
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg


The World Cup final has been decided by penalties on just two occasions in the past, although with both coming within the past four tournaments (in 1994 and 2006) who's to say all the drama, tension and excitement of a shoot-out won't come around once again in 2010.

The Netherlands certainly seem well-equipped with regards to possible penalty takers, with the likes of Robin van Persie and the tournament's joint top goalscorer Wesley Sneijder sure to be at the front of the queue.

Bayern Munich duo Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel, although not recognised as regular penalty takers, could also nominate themselves to take a spot kick for Bert van Marwijk's side, with the former having converted three out of four penalties he's taken in the past.

In Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, Holland possess a lethal finisher from 12 yards with the 29-year-old having a previously unblemished record from the spot where he has scored six from six penalties taken.

Should penalties transpire, Maarten Stekelenburg will be the man responsible for keeping out as many Spain spot kicks as possible although having only faced three for the Netherlands in the past, he has nowhere near the level of experience of his opposite number Iker Casillas.

Five likely takers - Netherlands


Van Persie

Sneijder

Robben

Van Bommel

Kuyt

With quality in abundance in the final third, Spain certainly have a variety of potential penalty kings, although predicting who could step forward for La Furia Roja is an ultimately challenging task.

Joint top scorer of the 2010 World Cup David Villa will surely be one of the first names on Vicente del Bosque's list of takers, while Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso - despite missing with a re-take against Paraguay in the quarter-finals - should also be up to the task.

With question marks surrounding the form of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, the likelihood of him even being on the pitch for a penalty shoot-out is a topic open for debate. Should Torres, who you would have to expect to take one if the opportunity arises, not be available to take a spot kick, Fernando Llorente could be next in line.

Barcelona star Xavi could be another consideration for Vicente del Bosque, while Arsenal talisman Cesc Fabregas may come off the bench to put his name forward, if, indeed, he doesn't take up his place in the starting XI and last the duration.

In Iker Casillas, Spain possess a goalkeeper who's seen it all before and whose wealth of experience could be key in a shoot-out. The Real Madrid No.1 has saved three spot kicks from 10 faced, including most recently against Paraguay in the World Cup quarter-final.

Five likely takers - Spain


Villa

Xabi Alonso

Torres

Xavi

Fabregas


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