World Cup 2022, Day 20: Final 8 | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Croatia tackle five-time World Cup winners Brazil earlier than a Netherlands-Argentina bout in Qatar on December 9.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup’s quarter-final matches are right here.

Two extremely anticipated elimination video games are set for Friday.

  • Croatia vs Brazil (Schooling Metropolis Stadium, 6pm/15:00 GMT)
  • Netherlands vs Argentina (Lusail Stadium, 10pm/19:00 GMT)
Neymar
Brazil’s Neymar in motion at Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 24 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Croatia vs Brazil

Croatia is bracing itself for a “terrifying” Brazilian squad that’s eyeing its sixth World Cup after convincingly thumping South Korea 4-1 within the spherical of 16.

“Brazil is the favorite, let’s face it,” Croatia’s supervisor Zlatko Dalic informed reporters in Doha on Tuesday. “Brazil is probably the most highly effective and one of the best nationwide staff on the World Cup.”

Brazil’s Neymar, quickly sidelined after struggling an ankle injury towards Serbia, shone in his return towards South Korea, netting his 76th aim. The Paris Saint-Germain ahead is now one aim shy of tying Pele’s 77 objectives as Brazil’s all-time highest scorer. Neymar, 30, might even the rating with Pele on Friday, because the staff rallies across the legendary footballer, 82, who was hospitalised final week with a respiratory an infection amid his battle with colon cancer.

 

Croatia, who surprised Japan 3-1 on penalties of their first elimination match after drawing 1-1 — their third tie of the event, aside from steamrolling Canada 4-1 — head into Friday’s match a colossal underdog, regardless of their runner-up finish on the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA fined Croatia 50,000 Swiss francs ($53,000) on Wednesday for verbal abuse the Adriatic nation’s followers inflicted upon Canadian goalkeeper, Milan Borjan, within the two groups’ group stage conflict.

Argentina's Lionel Messi during the match
Argentina’s Lionel Messi in the course of the spherical of 16 match between Argentina and Australia on December 3 [Molly Darlington/Reuters]

Netherlands vs Argentina

The Netherlands, led by the event’s oldest coach, the orange tie-wearing, 71-year-old “Iron Tulip” Louis van Gaal, head into Friday’s match with Lionel Messi and firm on the heels of a 19-game winning streak practically every week after ousting the USA within the spherical of 16.

Dutch star Cody Gakpo, who has wrought havoc on opponents with a trio of objectives on the 2022 World Cup, is trailing France’s Kylian Mbappe by two objectives for the coveted Golden Boot.

Messi, who scored his first knockout spherical aim in Argentina’s 2-1 roasting of Australia, his ninth in 23 World Cup video games, will look to tie with La Albiceleste legend Gabriel Batistuta because the staff’s all-time main event scorer in Friday’s match. It’s not solely do or die for Argentina — however Messi, too. The soccer famous person, who has but to hoist the Coupe du Monde, is playing in his fifth and certain final World Cup.

The Netherlands have solely misplaced as soon as up to now 9 contests towards Argentina — the 1978 World Cup closing in Buenos Aires. They’ve twice been crushed in a shootout by Argentina, nonetheless, the newest coming throughout a scoreless 2014 semi-final that resulted in Argentina successful on penalties.

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