There are only 8 teams left at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Stage ⅛ finals gave us some bright confrontations and surprises. Before the start of the quarter-final stage in Qatar, we will tell you in detail about each match of the first stage of the Fifa World Cup playoffs. But first, let us remind you that you can view the calendar, match results and team statistics on our website! If you don’t know where to watch the 2022 World Cup final, go to «Lives».
Netherlands - USA (3:1)
The van Gaal team has once again shown that they can reach great heights without having a stellar squad due to tactics and team play. The Dutch national team in the first half, in fact, decided the outcome of the confrontation with the United States, scoring two identical goals in the first half. Shots from Depay and Blind from the center of the penalty area decided the outcome of the match. The United States scored a rather random goal in the second half, but fullback Dumfries put an end to the match 5 minutes later. The Netherlands are confidently moving forward.
Argentina - Australia (2:1)
What will Argentina do without Messi? While the great heir to Maradona is playing, no one knows. In the meantime, his great shot from the left foot gave Argentina the lead in the match against Australia. The Australians were clear underdogs of the confrontation, and Alvarez’s goal in the 57th minute was supposed to calm the Argentines, but Fernandez’s own goal nearly turned the game around. And in the 94th minute, Amy Martinez saved his saves from the mini-sensation of the South Americans. In terms of the game, Argentina continues to amaze with instability, but so far Messi has enough strength.
France - Poland (3:1)
The Poles were one of the weakest teams to qualify for the 2022 World Cup playoffs. They confidently confirmed this theory in the match against the last world champions, the French. Deschamps’ wards opened the scoring in the first half - Giroud became the top scorer in France, ahead of Henry. And then the golden boy of the tricolor Mbappe closed all the questions with a double. Poland was content only with Lewandowski’s penalty scored. Sad Poland is going home, pragmatic France is confidently and classically moving on.
England - Senegal (3:0)
England at the 2022 World Cup are pleased with the combination game, but in the match against the closed Senegal, they could not create anything until the 38th minute. Henderson’s connection turned the game around and England confidently took the match into their own hands, scoring two more unanswered goals. Kane and Saka rounded out Senegal’s performance. Africans without Mane showed their maximum, for them reaching the ⅛ finals at the World Championships in Qatar is already a great success. England justify the title of favorite for the 2022 World Cup, scoring the most in the tournament so far.
Japan - Croatia (1:1 p)
The first series of penalties took place in the match between Japan and Croatia. The match turned out to be traditionally closed, the Japanese looked better, but the Croats were able to win back and, according to the classics, endure until the penalty shootout. For the second World Cup in a row, the Croatians finish all the matches right through in extra time. In the penalty shootout, the Croatian keeper Livakovic was the hero - but rather, the Japanese suddenly lost their nerve. You can’t take a penalty so badly. Croats without brilliance go further, the example of 2018 shows that they can again reach the final with a dull game.
Brazil - South Korea (4:1)
Pentakampeons continue to confidently beat everyone in important matches. Returning Neymar did not please, scoring only from the penalty spot. But the rest of the Brazilians did great, scoring 4 goals in the first half and resolving all issues. The diligent Koreans were only able to score a goal of prestige, but they had no chance to jump above their heads. Tite’s team looks super powerful, but serious rivals will be further. Neymar has time to heal his ankle.
Morocco - Spain (p 0:0)
The main surprise of the stage ⅛ of the final was the toothless game of the Spaniards under the leadership of Enrique. No one expected such a dull ball rolling without blows and moments. In addition to the Moroccan national team, which confidently endured until the penalty shootout and could even win in extra time if instead of En-Nesiri, the application would have been about the same striker. Spain took penalties almost as badly as Japan - the decisive goal was scored by a native of Madrid, who did not receive a place in the Spanish national team, Hakimi. Handsomely! Morocco looks like a really powerful African team with great players.
Portugal - Switzerland (6:1)
The second surprise of the playoff stage of the World Cup was the defeat of Switzerland without Ronaldo in the starting lineup. Apparently, the era of the great Cristiano came to an end in the national team, in front of his eyes, his successor, 21-year-old Ramush, scored a hat-trick for the Swiss and sent them home. Ronaldo came out, but did not remember anything. And Switzerland surprised by how quickly they crumbled after 2 goals in the first half. Portugal have a great game even without Ronaldo, he rather prevents new leaders like Fernandes and Leao from revealing themselves.
Ahead of the matches of the ¼ finals of the 2022 World Cup, which you can watch live on our website!