Good luck to top it off!
Thousands of fans flooded Qatar on Friday to watch the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals and both fixtures were thrilling to say the least.
The day started with Brazil and Croatia, which ended in a major surprise for the 2022 favorites. The two teams played 0-0 until the end of regulation, sending them in two periods of 15 minutes overtime.
Neymar scored to put Brazil ahead, but soon his goal was followed by Croatian Bruno Petković, who leveled the score and took the two nations on penalties, where Croatia prevailed 4-2.
And the excitement didn’t stop there. In fact, the chaos escalated even further when all eyes turned from Al Rayyan to Lusail Stadium. Argentines Nahuel Molina and Lionel Messi kicked off the country with two goals, and everyone pretty much expected that to be the end for the Dutch, until suddenly the score leveled and drove eventually to a penalty shootout won by Argentina.
Here is the list of the two games to watch on Saturday as the final four nations battle to qualify for the semi-finals:
Quarter-finals: Morocco v Portugal
The first quarter-final match on Saturday will be between Morocco and Portugal. Morocco, who started their World Cup journey in Group F, started with a 0-0 draw against Croatia, who just stunned Brazil in their own quarter-final game on Friday after winning 4 -2 in shots on goal.
Morocco have won their next two World Cup matches – first beating Belgium 2-0 and then Canada 2-1 in the group stage. In the Round of 16, Morocco managed to stun European powerhouse Spain after a thrilling penalty shootout, leading them into Saturday’s game against Portugal.
On the other side, Portugal, who started their World Cup journey in Group H, picked up victories in their first two group stage matches – a 3-2 win over Ghana followed by a 2-0 victory against Uruguay. Then the team suffered a slight setback when they lost to South Korea in the final game of the group stage. But Portugal redeemed themselves in the round of 16 with a 6-1 dominance over Switzerland.
Will Gonçalo Ramos and Rafael Leão score a few goals past Moroccan Yassine Bounou en route to a semi-final spot, or will that be the end of the road?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The kickoff time for this game is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET, 7 a.m. PT.
Quarter-finals: England v France
The final game of the quarter-finals will feature two European powerhouses – England and France. England, who started their World Cup streak in Group B alongside USA, Wales and Iran, started strong and managed to build on that momentum. Their first match ended in a 6-2 win over Iran, and their next group stage match ended in a 0-0 draw with the Stars and Stripes. Then the Three Lions completely annihilated Wales 3-0 in their final group stage game and knocked out Senegal in the round of 16, also 3-0.
Facing England’s essential attacking stalwarts – Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden – will be France. France started their journey alongside Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D. In the group stage, Les Bleus dominated most of their matches. They beat Australia 4-1 in their opening game and went on to defeat Denmark 2-1. In their final group stage match, they were upset by Tunisia but sought and achieved redemption by knocking Poland out of the knockout stages.
Frenchmen Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and Adrien Rabiot have a lot to do and we’ll see it all play out on the pitch. Kick off time for this game is 2pm ET, 11am PT.