Following the kickoff of the 2022 World Cup on November 20, the finale is quickly approaching, with the last match in the round of 16 coming to a close on Tuesday, Portugal demolishing Switzerland to secure the final spot in the quarterfinals.
With a group stage filled with surprise wins, early exits and an equally intense round of 16, the upcoming quarter-finals are sure to leave fans of the game swathed in nervous excitement. Portugal, Croatia, the Netherlands, England, Argentina, France, Morocco, and Brazil have all qualified for the next stage of the World Cup and will be facing off in the coming days to see who will walk away with this year’s trophy on December 18.
After walking away as the runners-up at the 2018 staging of the World Cup, Croatia has had a less than picturesque run in this year’s tournament, winning only one of their group matches and escaping elimination in the round of 16 thanks to a 3-1 penalty win against Japan. The Croatians will face Brazil, who has been plagued with injuries, in the quarter-final opener at the Education City Stadium on December 9.
Argentina had a rocky start to the World Cup, with a shocking loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening match. But the Argentines quickly turned things around in their proceeding matches, leading Group C with 6 points and are set to face off with the Netherlands on Friday. On Saturday, reigning champions France will clash with World Cup hopefuls England, who have only ever struck gold once in their World Cup history when they walked away with the trophy in 1966.
After winning their match earlier today, Morocco became the fourth African team to reach the men’s World Cup quarterfinals. The Moroccans will face Portugal at the Al Thumama Stadium on Saturday. If the African nation can defeat the Portuguese, they will be the first African team in history to reach the World Cup semifinal.