Since the teams playing the third-place match are guaranteed not to progress ahead, at times they seem to be going through the motions and do not give their all. It means that the third-place fixtures can at times be dull affairs with there being a significant drop in the quality of play as well as fan interest.
The third-place match of the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup will be played on December 17 (Saturday) at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan. The match will begin at 6pm local time. As explained above, this match will be played between the sides that lose the first semi-final on December 13 and the second semi-final on December 14.
The third-place match of the 2018 World Cup was played between Belgium and England, with the former triumphing 2-0. Four year earlier in 2014, it was the Netherlands that finished third after beating Brazil 3-0. In 2010, Germany had beaten Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place fixture.
The 1990 third-place match between England and Italy was a very memorable affair. The game saw three goals scored in a period of 15 minutes, with Roberto Baggio opening the scoring in the 71st minute courtesy a rare error by England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. David Blatt equalised through a header in the 81st minute before Salvatore Schillaci found the net via penalty five minutes later.
Similarly, the 1986 third-place match between Belgium and France was also a very hard-fought encounter. After Belgium’s Jan Ceulemans opened the scoring in the 11th minute, France’s Jean-Marc Ferreri equalised before Jean-Pierre Papin gave them the lead. Nico Claesen equalised for Belgium as it ended level at the end of 90 minutes. The French scored twice in extra time through Bernard Genghini and Manuel Amoros to kill the game.
Another memorable third-place match was between France and West Germany way back in 1958. That game saw a total of nine goals – by far the most number of goals scored in this fixture. France had hammered Germany 6-3 in that game, with Just Fontaine scoring an astonishing four goals.
Germany are the nation that has finished third the most number of times, having done so in 1934, 1970 (as West Germany), 2006 and 2010. The 2006 and 2010 were also consecutive third-place finishes for Germany – something that no other team has managed.