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Quarterfinals To Crop Up Today; Brazil and France Usher The Trophy Race

As the bracket narrows, tension is at its peak in Qatar.

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From the vividness of thirty-two, it’s now eight contenders, shielded up toward the dream of winning the FIFA World Cup here in Qatar. The only one from Africa, Morocco, sailed a wonderful journey to the Quarterfinals for the first time. Got nothing to lose, they could compete with their claws wide open, and history is just three wins away.

The Latin American sides and the neighbourhood hostiles- Brazil and Argentina are to challenge the European legacy with their squad depth and game style. Although they had a convincing experience against them would put them a step ahead of the competition.

France is still on to secure what they belong and England also had a good claim towards the trophy. Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s last WC needs to deliver something precious to him and Croatia coming with the fame of previous years’ runner-up.

Van Gaal’s Netherlands is one of the favourites packed up with a renowned defensive line as well.
Anyway, the tournament isn’t a walk in the park now and the weight of every game could be a pulse-raiser.

Croatia vs Brazil (8.30 PM IST- Al Rayyan Stadium)

Croatia, came into the headlines from Russia 2018, as they lead an amazing expedition to the finals. The thing about them, though, is that they are good at their midfield. In Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic, Croatia possess a midfield of rare balance. Four years ago, the core of this group showed it knew how to negotiate knockout soccer well enough to reach a World Cup final.

Brazil had an advantage in the paper and pitch against aged Croatia. The action cum fun-packed squad could overturn them with Neymar, Vinícius Júnior, Richarlison, and Rodrygo who can lay menace to the opponents.

Netherlands vs Argentina ( 12.30 AM – Al Lusail Stadium)

Resurrecting the failure, Lionel Messi led Argentina is at the doorstep of the World Cup facing the fierce Dutch side. Predicted to be a fantastic match, Louis van Gaal precautioned Argentina that they would stop Messi with a secret plan at hand.

On the other hand, Lionel Scaloni said -“It’s going to be a very beautiful game, with two historic teams. Sadly one team has to lose and we hope it’s us who go through”.

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