Series Of Flabbergast Continues In Qatar; Can Portugal And England Make It To The Semi-Finals?
Brazil's unforeseen elimination and Argentina's late-night entry trigger the final quarter-final matchday.
The screamer from Neymar in the stoppage time put Brazil ahead but the joy faded as Petkovic equalized in the 117th minute. The regular time came to an end 1-1 and the shootout stood with the Croats as they scored four while Brazil only succeeded in securing two which made them reach at least the last four of the World Cup on all three occasions that they have made it out of the group stages (1998, 2018, and 2022).
The Netherlands gained an extra lifeline just before the final whistle and came back to the game to equalize 2-2. But they can’t uphold their spirit through the penalty which ended up 4-3 in favour of Albicelstas.
The results sum up the 1st semifinal clash between Argentina and Croatia on the coming 14th.
Portugal vs Morocco ( 8.30 PM IST- Al Thumama Stadium)
Fernando Santos and his squad should deliver something special against the African lions who are unbeaten for the past four games.
Morocco, cruising to the quarter-final after crushing Spain 3-0 in the penalties is much more delicate with their team play and effective counterattacks. But Portugal weighs higher as they humiliated Switzerland by 6-1 in the pre-quarters despite the star striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence. The explicit form of youngsters is the strength not to mention the hattrick boy Gonçalo Ramos, Joao Felix, and Raphael Leo.
England vs France (12.30 AM IST – Al Bayt Stadium)
This is a must-watch match as the defending champions are to face the Premier League squadron who had already scored twelve goals in the tournament levelling with Portugal. Both are fluid in creating chances in the final third.
Kylian Mbappe would be the deadliest one whom to be England concerned about. Already leading the race for the golden boot with 5 goals, he is confident to score more. Griezman, who had the highest rating throughout the tournament, Ousmane Dembele, and Oliver Giroud – now the all-time leading goal scorer for France are the key players to watch.
However, England would focus on utilizing the final third opportunities and securing an early lead. Also, stopping Mbappe would be the prior concern as he is capable of purveying danger in the D-Box.
Phil Foden controlled the right flank, Harry Kane would receive numerous crosses as Mason Mount and Saka brace the attack.