Two 2022 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final Matchups Now on Standby

By Jeff Stinger

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 brought us plenty of action. So far, four teams made their way to the quarter-finals. Four more games are lined up for the next two days, while the Netherlands, Argentina, France, and England await their opponents for the weekend’s quarter-final clashes. With that, let’s take a look at how these teams made their way to the next stage of the tournament.

First four teams to join the 2022 FIFA World Cup Quarter-finals

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Netherlands

The Netherlands survived late offensive efforts by the United States to book their spot in the quarter-finals. Despite early chances produced by the Western players and their star player Christian Pulisich, the Dutch defensive third stood firm throughout the threats. Louis Van Gaal’s side answered with an early tenth-minute goal courtesy of Memphis Depay. With the Stars and Stripes battling hard, it seems the squad lacked the grit and extra pace throughout the game. Daley Blind closed the first half with another goal that backed the Americans into a corner.

After several anxious moments in the second half and a Haji Wright goal in the 76th minute that kept team USA’s hopes alive. It was an unexpected deflection from Pulisic’s cross that looped in at the far post. However, the Oranje restored their two-goal lead shortly after when an inspired Dumfries hit the far post with a volley from Blind’s cross. The victory gets them a ticket to the quarters and comes in as +264 underdogs against Argentina.

Argentina

Following a humiliating opening game defeat to Saudi Arabia, Argentina picks up some pace leading up to the tournament’s second phase. The 2021 Copa America and 2022 CONMEBOL champions are on a hot streak of three-straight wins, including a group stage victory over Mexico and Poland, followed by a 2-1 win against the Aussies in the Round of 16. Their positive efforts take them to the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals and a clash against the Netherlands as +117 favorites.

There’s more to celebrate here as Lionel Messi marked the 1,000th senior game of his career with a late first-half finish. The goal puts him a step closer to his World Cup dreams. Meanwhile, Mat Ryan’s error allowed the South Americans to double up early in the second. There were late scares for Argentina after Craig Goodwin’s attempt deflected off Enzo Fernandes for a 77th-minute own goal. Ultimately, it was a spirited effort from the Socceroos, who can be proud of their performance in the tournament.

France

The defending champions made their first knockout game look like a walk in the park. They faced Poland as overwhelming favorites and lived up to the expectations in light of a 3-1 victory. It’s a game to remember for Les Bleus. The opening goal scored by Olivier Giroud not only set the tone of the game but elevated him to France’s all-time leading scorer after stretching his total to 52 goals for the French side. His 44th-minute goal against Poland put his total ahead of the 51 goals scored by the legendary Thierry Henry. He could have extended his record in the 57th minute, but Giroud’s shot was disallowed due to a collision between Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny and France’s Raphael Varane.

Kylian Mbappe was the other star of the show. The -172 top goalscorer found the back of the net twice to extend the lead out of Poland’s reach. The 23-year-old set a record by beating Pele’s total of seven World Cup goals before the age of 24. Mbappe now records 33 goals in 63 appearances since making his international team debut in 2017. With that victory in the bag, French coach Didier Deschamps and his squad joined the quarter-final leg as +143 favorites over opponents England.

England

The Three Lions book a spot in the quarters at the end of a strong 3-0 victory against Senegal. It’s been a positive run for England so far with a 6-2 victory in their opening game against Iran. This was followed by a more testing challenge against a tenacious American lineup, which ended in a goalless draw. Head coach Gareth Southgate quickly adjusted his tactics and introduced an improved performance against Wales in their last group stage game. They sent Gareth Bale home early at the back of a 3-0 victory and into the Round of 16 where they dominated the African team across 90 minutes.

England looks to win their first World Cup title since the eighth edition in 1966. Ranked among the top-five teams in the world right now, The 2020 European Championship runners-up will try to better their achievements in recent years. We see a formidable team lining up against France as they come in as +214 game underdogs.

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