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2022 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Final Matchups

By Jeff Stinger

Two Asian nations exit the 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. Japan was the first to exit the competition after a closely contested clash against Croatia, while Brazilians showed their dominance and set home the persistent South Korean squad in a 4-1 final score. This means we’re about to wrap up the quarter-final picture soon. But before all that, let’s look back at how Croatia and Brazil earned their way to the next stage of the competition.

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Netherlands vs. Argentina

Argentina booked their place in the quarter-finals at the end of a 2-1 victory over the Socceroos. The Argentines bounced back from their embarrassing opening game loss to Saudi Arabia with three-straight wins. Lionel Messi remains an integral part of the lineup as Julian Alvarez stepped up to take a bigger role up front. Meanwhile, Lautaro Martinez and Angel di Maria provide a spark off the bench. Although their long-standing winning streak ended in their first game of the competition, the team is more than capable of beating anyone in the tournament as long as Messi remains healthy and in form. They take on the Europeans as +123 winners.

The Dutch sent the Americans home in the Round of 16 with two goals in the first half. Denzel Dumfries showcased his attacking talent from the defensive third and Cody Gakpo is about to find his way into Europe’s top-tier league after scoring three goals in the group stage. Barcelona striker Memphis Depay looks fit as well. The Oranje take on the South Americans as +265 match underdogs.

England vs. France

Gareth Southgate moves from a three-man central defense which translated into a combined nine goals against Iran and Senegal. The defensive third remains robust with the move as Jude Bellingham takes his skill to the midfield with Declan Rice holding it down in front of the back line. The deep and talented squad means variation up front on either side of Harry Kane. Saturday’s game against France puts the Englishmen +218 winners against the defending champions.

Olivier Giroud’s record-breaking moments have people asking whether he is the better option than the injured Karim Benzema. It may seem like a shot in the dark seeing that Real Madrid man just bagged the 2022 Ballon d’Or award, but the injury-plagued French team is still impressive. Kylian Mbappe stands strong as a -185 top goalscorer while Antoine Griezmann plays the attacking midfield role very well. The pairing of Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni has been excellent replacements for Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante as well. Les Bleus enters the quarter-final stage as +139 favorites against England.

Croatia vs. Brazil

Croatia was the surprise team of 2018. They feature the same core players that powered through the World Cup Finals in Russia. Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic have been dominant in midfield and Ivan Perisic has been one of the best wingers at two consecutive World Cups. While another run to the final seems doubtful, the Croatians are expected to give the Brazilians a difficult time as +815 underdogs on Friday.

2022 FIFA World Cup favorites Brazil continues the wonderful display of defending, attacking, and flair. They have shown nothing to dissuade fans and bettors from believing this is their year. Brazil’s only defeat came against Cameroon when Tite started an entire second-string starting 11. The attack can approach in multiple ways as shown by the four goals Brazil scored against South Korea in the first half. More than that, the first-choice lineup conceded only a goal in three games. The Canary Squad are slated -263 favorites to win their upcoming contest.

Morocco vs. Portugal

No one expected Morocco to get past the group stages, let alone beat Spain on a head-to-head. The North African side featured international stars like Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech and allowed just a goal over four games. Their Group F victory was no fluke and Morocco’s presence as the last African team in the quarterfinals since Ghana in 2010 is rightful. They go onto the next knockout stage as -147 winners versus Portugal.

Portugal dominated their first knockout game against Switzerland. However, Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench seems to have impacted the team positively. This is a Portugal team stacked with new and young talent that could be more dangerous without the aging star striker. Rafael Leao looks primed to take over the wings as well, coming off the bench with seven goals and nine assists in 20 appearances for his club this year. Seleção das Quinas takes the favorites spot here as +483 winners.

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