The FIFA World Cup 2022 to be played in Qatar has concluded the group-stage matches. After the group stage, 16 teams have made it to the semi-quarterfinals, while the remaining 16 teams have to pack their bags. France became the first team to qualify for the pre-quarter finals. After that, Brazil, Portugal and Argentina followed France’s footsteps by qualifying for the Super-16 round.
The 16 teams that reached the pre-quarter finals include France, Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Senegal, USA, England, Argentina, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Japan, Morocco, Spain, South Korea and Australia. Meanwhile, four-time champions Germany and World No. 2 Belgium failed to make it to the Super-16.
Pre-Quarter Final Round Schedule (India Time) –
December 3 Netherlands vs USA (8.30pm)
December 4 Argentina vs Australia, (12.30pm)
December 4 France vs Poland, (8.30pm)
December 5 England vs Senegal, (12.30pm)
December 5 Japan vs Croatia, (8.30pm)
December 6 Brazil vs South Korea, (12.30pm)
December 6 Morocco vs Spain, (8.30pm)
December 7 Portugal vs Switzerland, (12.30pm)
Three teams from Asia in the knockout stages –
For the first time in the competition’s history, three teams from the Asian (AFC) have made it to the quarter-finals. These three teams include the names of Japan, South Korea and Australia. The US has also surprisingly made it to the knockout stages. Saudi Arabia pulled off the biggest upset of the World Cup group stage when they beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina in their first match. Despite this, Saudi Arabia could not reach the next round after losing two matches in a row.
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Messi-Ronaldo clash will be possible only in the final round –
Fans will be curious to see if Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face each other in this World Cup. If we look at the equations, there can be a match between Argentina and Portugal in the final round. If Ronaldo’s side beat Switzerland in the pre-quarter-finals, they will face the winner of the match between Spain and Morocco in the last eight. On the other hand, if Messi’s team wins against Australia, they will face the winner between Netherlands and Australia in the pre-quarter round.