Germany and Holland out to avenge extra-time heartache
Since semi-finals were introduced at the 1982 World Cup, five of the 14 fixtures have gone into extra-time.
Three matches have required the extra 30 minutes in South Africa so far, and with this year’s semi-finalists evenly poised, the total could well rise.
You can bet on four or five matches going to extra-time at a convincing price of 1/3, while six or seven fixtures to go the extra distance is available at 12/1.
There is also the opportunity to back the total to remain on three matches, which is priced at 9/4.
Uruguay won their quarter-final against Ghana on penalties, and they are 11/1 to beat Holland by the same means.
Holland also have a history of epic World Cup encounters, as they lost on penalties to Brazil at the semi-final stages in 1998.
The Oranje are 11/1 to exorcise their spot-kick demons by beating Uruguay in a shoot-out.
No semi-final has ever finished 0-0 after 120 minutes, though Germany’s last four tie with Italy in 2006 ended goalless in normal time.
Italy eventually won that match 2-0 after extra-time, and Germany’s semi-final opponents in South Africa, Spain, are 10/1 to inflict more extra-time misery on Joachim Low’s side.
Germany, however, have plenty of reasons to be cheerful should their match with Spain go beyond 90 minutes.
They beat France in the inaugural World Cup shoot-out in 1982, and they famously dismissed England in the same manner in 1990.
And should their match with Spain also require the additional 30 minutes, Germany are 12/1 to win after extra-time.
Will Germany rule in the shoot-out again? They are 10/1 to beat Spain on penalties. See the full Germany vs Spain market.