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

Croatia will face five-time World Cup winners Brazil before a Netherlands-Argentina game in Qatar on December 9.

Qatar World Cup 2022 the quarter-final matches have arrived.

Two highly anticipated elimination matches are Position for Friday.

  • Croatia vs Brazil (Education City Stadium, 18:00/15:00 GMT)
  • Netherlands v Argentina (Lusail Stadium, 22:00/19:00 GMT)
Brazilian Neymar in action at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 24 [Matthew Childs/Reuters]

Croatia vs Brazil

Croatia prepares for a “terrifying” Brazilian team who watches his sixth world cup after convincing flying South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16.

‘Brazil are the favourites, let’s face it’, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told reporters in Doha on Tuesday. “Brazil are the strongest and best national team in the World Cup.”

from Brazil Neymartemporarily sidelined after suffering a ankle injury against Serbia, shone in his comeback against South Korea, scoring his 76th goal. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is now one goal away from equality Pele 77 goals as Brazil’s all-time top scorer. Neymar, 30, could even score with Pelé on Friday, as the team rallies around the mythical 82-year-old footballer, who was hospitalized last week with a respiratory infection amid his battle with Colon Cancer.

Croatia, who surprised Japan 3-1 on penalties in their first elimination match after drawing 1-1 – their third tie of the tournament, apart from rolling Canada 4-1 – head into Friday’s game with a colossal underdog, despite their second place at the 2018 World Cup.

Fifa a fine Croatia 50,000 Swiss francs ($53,000) on Wednesday for verbal abuse the Adriatic nation’s fans inflicted on Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan during the two teams’ group stage clash.

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

Netherlands vs Argentina

The Netherlandsled by the tournament’s oldest coach, the 71-year-old “Iron Tulip” wearing an orange tie Louis van Gaalhead to Friday’s game with Lionel Messi and company on the heels of a 19 consecutive wins almost a week later eviction the United States in the round of 16.

dutch star Cody Gakpowho wreaked havoc on his opponents with a trio of goals at the 2022 World Cup, is dragging France Kylian Mbappe by two goals for the coveted Golden Boot.

Messi, who Mark his first knockout goal in Argentina’s 2-1 roasting against Australia, his ninth in 23 World Cup games, will look to equal Albiceleste legend Gabriel Batistuta as the team’s all-time top scorer in Friday’s game. It’s not only do or die for Argentina, but also for Messi. The soccer superstar, who has yet to hoist the World Cup, is playing in his fifth and probably final world cup.

The Netherlands have lost only once in their last nine meetings against Argentina, the 1978 World Cup final in Buenos Aires. They were beaten twice in a shootout by Argentina, however, with the most recent coming in a a scoreless semi-final in 2014 which allowed Argentina to win on penalties.

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