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FIFA World Cup 2022: Which Teams Will Reach The Semi-Finals?

Croatia vs. Brazil

When: Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. ET

Where: Education City Stadium

Croatia

Even though it advanced to the final four in 2018, Croatia appears to be struggling to regain the form that got it there. The team had a comfortable time of it against Morocco in the group stage, drew with Belgium because of some good luck, and beat Japan in the round of 16 on penalties.

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Any other team would have to be concerned about it. But Croatia has proven to be the king of winning nail-biters. Its three 2018 knockout games all required extra time or penalties, but the Croatians looked dominant in each of those situations.

That knowledge was on display in the match versus Japan. A lot like its semifinal win over England four years ago, Croatia appeared stronger and stronger as the game went on. Kockasti’s tournament savvy and experience will be tested against a Brazil team that is living up to its pre-tournament billing as the tournament’s favourite.

Group stage:

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Croatia 4-1 Canada

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Round of 16:

Croatia 1-1 Japan (Croatia won 3-1 on penalties)

Brazil

For the first time in 20 years, a Seleço has lived up to the standards set by its adoring public. A rested starting lineup was used against Cameroon after the five-time world champions cruised to a comfortable victory over a resolute European opponent, Serbia. The world, however, saw what this team is made of in their match against South Korea.

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Brazil scored four goals in the opening seven minutes and went on to win 4-0 and reinstate jogo bonito (the beautiful game) to the World Cup. When Neymar returned from an injury that had forced him to miss the final two matches of the group stage, he played with a confidence he had rarely shown while wearing the green and gold.

Even though Brazil is favoured to win its match against Croatia, Coach Tite and his squad won’t take Croatia lightly. After building up a lot of anticipation, Brazil has been eliminated by European teams in the quarterfinals of every major competition in the last 16 years. On the contrary, this squad has all the makings of being the first since 2002 to return the World Cup trophy to its spiritual home.

Group stage:

Brazil 2-0 Serbia

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

Cameroon 1-0 Brazil

Round of 16:

Brazil 4-1 South Korea

Netherlands vs. Argentina

When: Friday, December 9, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Lusail Stadium

Netherlands

Louis van Gaal, manager of the Netherlands, hopes to lead his team to a similar success as in 2010, when they advanced to the World Cup final, at what is widely regarded as the final tournament of his stellar career.

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Despite missing several of their 2014 roster’s stars, the Dutch have been the tournament’s most practical team, allowing only two goals. Nonetheless, it managed to beat the United States and score a tournament goal. Twenty consecutive passes were made in a stunning advertisement for the beautiful game until Memphis Depay stroked the ball home.

The Dutch enjoyed the smoothest path to the quarterfinals, but they’ll have to show their mettle against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Group Stage:

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands

Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador

Netherlands 2-0 Qatar

Round of 16:

Netherlands 3-1 United States

Argentina

Even with Messi and the rest of the team, Argentina’s opening-round loss to Saudi Arabia was widely considered the biggest upset in World Cup history. However, since then, La Albiceleste has hit its stride, dominating its opponents in each of its three most recent victories.

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Messi has been a poor starter at this, his final World Cup, but he showed against Australia why he is universally regarded as the greatest player of all time. Against Australia, he scored a signature goal by curling in a finish with unstoppable ease, and he was also at the top of his game in terms of creating scoring opportunities for his team.

Argentina’s current squad under Lionel Scaloni may not be the most visually appealing in the 21st century, but they’ve found success with a straightforward approach to the game. Similar to the Dutch, Argentina is about to face its toughest competition ever.

Group stage:

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Poland 0-2 Argentina

Round of 16:

Argentina 2-1 Australia Cup

England vs. France

When: Saturday, December 10, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Al Bayt Stadium

England

With three consecutive clean sheets and a resounding victory over Senegal in the round of 16, England has gotten off to the best possible start in Qatar. And so the question arises: is this the best England team since 1966 when they last won the World Cup?

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England has transformed into a tournament specialist under Gareth Southgate, eschewing offensive flair in favour of a more conservative approach. Fans saw a taste of what this England assault can do when given room and time against Senegal.

England, with the arrival of midfielder Jude Bellingham, has suddenly become one of the strongest teams in the world, with a potent offence and rock-solid defence. When facing superior opponents, Southgate’s England has struggled. This is the only real knock against probably England’s best manager. If you want to put that idea to the test, there’s no better opponent to face than France in the quarterfinals.

Group stage:

England 6-2 Iran

England 0-0 United States

Wales 0-3 England

Round of 16:

England 3-0 Senegal

France

The French, despite a rocky start against Australia, have rapidly allayed any pre-tournament fears that they would be eliminated in the group stage like the last three World Cup champions.

At moments, Les Bleus have appeared unstoppable, and the team appears just as good as the one that destroyed Russia in 2018. Antione Griezmann appears to be returning to form in front of goal, Olivier Giroud has become France’s all-time leading scorer, Aurélien Tchouaméni and Adrien Rabiot have filled the midfield void left by Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, and the French team as a whole is playing better than ever.

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The lone focus of this squad is Kylian Mbappé. The PSG forward has been the finest player in the competition and has been unstoppable. It would appear that no one on the earth has the resources to deal with the unpredictable skill, whether he is sitting down defenders or curling in amazing goals.

Next up for France is a match against its cross-Channel rival from England, but in order to advance to the semifinals, the Three Lions will need to figure out how to slow down the finest player in the world.

Group stage:

France 4-1 Australia

France 2-1 Denmark

Tunisia 1-0 France

Round of 16:

France 3-1 Poland

Morocco vs. Portugal

When: Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. ET

Where: Al Thumama Stadium

Morocco

The Moroccan team has been a pleasant surprise thus far in this competition, showing both defensive and offensive vigour.

Morocco has a genuine superstar in Paris Saint-Germain fullback Achraf Hakimi, who scored an amazing ‘Panenka’ to win the penalty shootout against Spain, and his inexhaustible energy down the right side is the Atlas Lions’ greatest attacking danger.

Morocco

Hakim Ziyech, a winger for Chelsea, provides Morocco with an offensive spark, while Sofyan Amrabat, a midfielder for Fiorentina, has been one of the greatest players in this World Cup.

Morocco will feel certain it can beat Portgual and become the first African team in the World Cup semifinals because of the amazing belief and organisation fostered by head coach Walid Regragui.

Group stage:

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Belgium 0-2 Morocco

Canada 1-2 Morocco

Round of 16:

Morocco 0-0 Spain (Morocco wins 3-0 on penalties)

Portugal

Questions Were Raised About Portugal’s Chances of Going Far in This Year’s World Cup After It Lost Its Last Group Game to South Korea, but The Team’s 5-0 Thrashing of Switzerland in The Round of 16 Erased Those Concerns. Fernando Santos’ Team Appeared Unbeatable when 21-Year-Old Striker Gonçalo Ramos Scored a Hat Trick.

Portugal

This Youngster Was Starting in Place of Cristiano Ronaldo, Who Was Benched for The Game’s Decisive Match. Although It Is Unclear Whether Portugal’s Great Striker Will Return to The Starting Lineup for The Upcoming Quarterfinal Match, the Team Hardly Seemed to Miss Him on Tuesday.

Portugal’s Opponents in Qatar 2022 Could Prove to Be Formidable, Having Previously Defeated Both Belgium and Spain.

Group Stage:

Portugal 3-2 Ghana

Portugal 2-0 Uruguay

South Korea 2-1 Portugal

Round of 16:

Portugal 6-1 Switzerland

Mohit Sharma

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