Although there were a lot of unexpected outcomes during the group stage, the quarterfinals included several heavily favored countries. At this point in the World Cup, just eight teams compete for a spot in the Semi finals. Lets have a look at the 8 teams that are competing in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals and the quarterfinal fixtures.
The group stage was defined by surprising results, with traditional footballing powerhouses being stunned by less-fancied nations. The first four countries to qualify for the last eight were all expected to advance before the first kick. However, that has yet to continue into the elimination rounds.
Despite a late scare, the Netherlands beat the USA , Argentina ended Australia’s long tour in Qatar, France defeated Poland, Morocco defeat Spain in penalty shootout, Brazil defeat South Korea, Portugal demolished Switzerland.
FIFA World Cup Quarter final Fixtures
Netherlands VS Argentina at 8:30 PM, Friday December 9
A rematch of the 1998 France match is now at the same tournament level. Argentina has had tough road up until this point. They lost their opening game to Saudi Arabia. Messi produced a masterclass against Mexico and Poland. A hard fought victory against Australia in the round of 16. Argentina are 3 wins away from becoming the World Champions in Messi’s last World Cup.
Netherlands are a tough team to beat. The Dutch won their 1st game against Senegal, a draw against Ecuador, An easy win over Qatar. Netherlands were phenomenal in the round of 16 game against USA scoring 3 goals.
Croatia vs Brazil at 12:30 AM, Saturday December 10
The semi finalists of 2018 FIFA World Cup Croatia once again make it to the quarter finals by defeating Japan in a penalty shootout. Croatia have been clinical through out the FIFA World Cup. They are up against the South American football giants Brazil in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.
Brazil were unstoppable in the game against South Korea. Neymar’s men scored 4 goals in the first half to seal the game. Vinicius Jr, Richarlison are in goal scoring form and the comeback of Neymar is a huge boost to the team. It is tough for any team when you got three strong forwards who can score goal’s with consistency.
Morocco VS Portugal at 8:30 PM, Saturday December 10
Morocco defeat Spain in the penalty shootout causing yet another upset in the FIFA World Cup. Luis Enrique’s men couldn’t hit the penalty shots and an early exit for Spain. Morocco has a tough opponent in the quarterfinals. They are up against Portugal who demolished Switzerland in the round of 16.
France VS England at 12:30 AM, Sunday December 11
England beat Senegal 3-0 in the round of 16 to qualify for the quarterfinals. The Three Lions will be up against defending champions France. England and France have been unstoppable in the world cup so far. Kylian Mbappe has been the hero for France with 5 goals. England are a tough team to beat. The clash could be one of the best matches of the FIFA World Cup 2022.