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Holland vs Spain – finalists need to conquer penalty demons

| 10.07.2010

The last World Cup final was decided by a penalty shoot-out, and if this year’s final is to be settled by the same means, Holland and Spain will have to exorcise their shoot-out ghosts.

In 2006, Italy edged France in a dramatic shoot-out after a highly tense and incident-packed 1-1 draw, and a repeat scoreline after 90 minutes at this year’s showpiece event is priced at 11/2.

Holland’s match with Spain is 4/1 to be won on penalties, and both sides will be wary of such an outcome having suffered the agony of shoot-out defeat in recent history.

Holland lost their 1998 World Cup semi-final to Brazil on penalties, and they are 9/1 to rid themselves of this pain by beating Spain in a shoot-out.

Having been knocked out of the 2002 World Cup and Euro 1996 on penalties, Spain will be wary of a spot-kick showdown.

La Roja did, however, defeat Italy in a shoot-out at Euro 2008, and they are 9/1 to lift the World Cup by edging out Holland on penalties.

The drama of penalties could also feature during the 90 minutes, as there have been five spot-kicks in the matches involving Holland and Spain at this World Cup.

You can bet on a penalty to be scored in normal time at a price of 2/1, while a penalty to be missed is available at 9/1.

Will this finally be Spain’s year? They are 8/15 to lift the World Cup. See the full Holland vs Spain market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.