The quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament will resume on Friday, December 9.
After a scintillating Round of 16 encounter that saw the elimination of heavyweights such as Spain alongside other exceptional teams such as South Korea and Japan, for the first time since the competition begun in November, there will be no matches for two consecutive days.
The Round of 16 had some remarkable results. In the first Round of 16 game between Netherlands and USA, the Dutch emerged 3-1 victors; Lionel Messi‘s brilliance proved vital in the 2-1 win against the Socceroos of Australia in the second Round of 16 match.
In the third Round of 16 encounter, Kylian Mbappe‘s incredible contribution aided France to a 3-1 win against Lewandoski‘s Poland.
As for the Three Lions of England, goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka made sure they eliminated one of the African representatives, Senegal from the competition.
Croatian goalkeeper, Dominik Livaković joined the elongating lists of goalkeepers who have saved three penalties at a world cup tournament after he aided his side to a 3-1 win on penalties against Japan.
Meanwhile, Samba Boys of Brazil proved to be too much for South Korea. The five times world champions thrashed their Asian counterparts 4-1 to acquire their quarter-final ticket.
As for the Spanish national team, they have failed to exceed the first knock out stage in consecutive competitions after losing 3-0 to Atlas Lions of Morocco on penalties.
21-year-old Goncalo Ramos stole the headlines in the final Round of 16 match where Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1.
THE 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Croatia and Brazil will commence the second elimination round on Friday afternoon.
In a repeat of the 2014 semi-finals clash in Brazil, the Netherlands will go against Lionel Messi‘s Argentina.
On Saturday, Morocco will be going against Portugal before England and France conclude the Quarter-Final rounds in a mouthwatering clash.