In the quarter-final participation of the eight teams, the traditional strong teams from Europe and America occupy seven seats, Morocco is the only African team.
The eight-team matchups are: the first half, Croatia VS Brazil, the Netherlands VS Argentina; the second half, Morocco VS Portugal, and England VS France is worth watching.
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World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals
Five European teams, two South American teams and one African team advanced to the last 8
This year's World Cup, Germany, Belgium, Mexico, Uruguay and other perceived powerhouses failed to make it out of the group, surprisingly. In the knockout stage, the results seem to be closer to the fans' predictions. 8 matches in the round of 16, only Morocco eliminated Spain through a penalty shootout, which is considered to be a victory over the weak, the remaining 7 matches, the overall strength of the team all won successfully.
8 games of the sixteen, in addition to the Moroccan team and the Spanish team played 0:0 score, the remaining 7 games in the regular game time to produce a total of 28 goals, the average field goals reached 3.5, higher than the average group stage 2.5 goals.
France World Cup 2022
Five European and two South American teams entered the last eight in this year's World Cup. 1998 World Cup in France increased the number of participating teams to 32. At that time, 6 European teams and 2 South American teams won all the seats in the last eight. This situation has not fundamentally changed in subsequent editions of the tournament.
Relatively speaking, European teams maintain a stronger momentum. Since the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan after Brazil won the championship, four consecutive World Cup championship teams from European football.
The group stage, Japan, South Korea and Australia 3 AFC teams from their respective groups smoothly out of the line, refreshing the number of AFC teams to advance to the knockout stage. It is slightly regrettable that all three teams failed to go further, but apart from the overall strength and match scenes between South Korea and Brazil, Japan and Australia fought with Croatia and Argentina respectively until the last moment of the match, which also left a deep impression.
The match results also show that the AFC teams need to have stronger psychology and a thicker accumulation to catch up with the world's top level. Among the top eight teams, except for Morocco, ranked 22nd internationally, the other seven are among the top ten, proving that experience and soccer heritage are always the winning factors that can rely on the green field.
Mbappe World Cup
The 23-year-old French player Mbappe, is also in pursuit, catching up with his predecessors. In the France team to 3:0 eliminated Poland in the round of sixteen matches, he scored 2 goals, and now with 5 goals ranked first in the Qatar World Cup scorer list. This is also the ninth goal he has scored in the two World Cups he has participated in personally. This figure has tied to Messi. The five knockout stage goals also make Mbappe the youngest player outside of Brazilian footballer Pele to achieve this feat.
Mbappe's teammate Giroud also scored a goal against Poland, thus surpassing French footballer Henry with 52 national team goals and moving him to the top of France's all-time scorer's list. After the game, Giroud believes Mbappe will surpass his achievements with the national team: "Mbappe is one of the best strikers I've ever worked with. He's incredible and still so young and will get stronger, we haven't seen the best Mbappe yet."
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (Cairo) failed to earn a starting spot against Switzerland. By the time he came on as a substitute, the team had pretty much sealed the win. Another player who has played a lot for the team and has a lot of experience in the game, center back Pepe, scored in this game, with a powerful header to put the record of the oldest player to score in the knockout stage of the World Cup in the bag.
World Cup 2022 Schedule
The eight-team tournament begins on the evening of December 8, the first match between the Croatian team and the Brazilian team.
Friday December 9
- Croatia vs Brazil - Kick-off 3pm
- Netherlands vs Argentina - Kick-off 7pm
Saturday December 10
- Morocco vs Portugal - Kick-off 3pm
- England vs France - Kick-off 7pm
This year's World Cup was played in the middle of the major league season, while the schedule was more intensive. The continuous and intense matches have left teams with varying degrees of injury and fatigue. After the victory over Poland, Mbappe did not appear in the training of the French team. Brazil's Neymar, although in the round of sixteen timely comeback and harvest goals, but the group stage suffered a foot injury also to a certain extent affects the state of play.
In the round of 16, a number of young players performed spectacularly. Goncalo Ramos of Portugal, Ashraf Hakimi of Morocco, Bellingham of England, and Vinicius of Brazil have all made important contributions to the victory of their respective teams. In the next competition, the young players fighting for their dreams and even direct confrontation scenes are worth looking forward to.
2022 World Cup Netherlands
In addition, young players such as the Netherlands' Gakpo, Argentina's Enzo Fernandez, England's Sarkar, and Foden have also played a pivotal role in their respective teams' road to promotion. Their youth and strength are the basis for their excellent performance in the World Cup - these players have already had steady appearances in major European leagues.
At the same time, the new rule of five substitutions per team in this World Cup also gives these young players more opportunities to play, Goncalo Ramos has come on twice in the group stage, accumulating the feeling of the game also laid the foundation for the excellent play in the first match of the knockout round.