Heavy-caliber surprises witnessed the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup finals, which concluded yesterday with the qualification of Croatia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Argentina, Morocco, Portugal, England and France to the quarter-finals, which will be held on Friday and Saturday.
The most prominent surprise is the qualification of the Moroccan national team to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, becoming the first Arab team to reach the quarter-finals, after it won, in a penalty shootout, 3-0, against the strong Spain team, the holders of the 2010 World Cup.
The United States national team was eliminated by losing 1-3 to the Netherlands, runner-up three times in the world championships, and the dream of the Australian national team ended at the hands of the Argentine national team after losing to it 1-2, while the French national team, the 1998 and 2018 champion, defeated Poland by defeating it 3-1, and reached England won the quarter-finals from Senegal, after defeating them 3-0.
The penalty shootout did not help the Japanese national team against the Croatian team, the summer of 2018, to stop its career at the round of 16 of the tournament, while the five-time defending champion Brazil did not find it difficult to reach the quarter-finals by defeating South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16, in which Portugal also achieved. A big victory over his Swiss counterpart, 6-1.
Croatia and Brazil will open the quarter-final competitions next Friday in the match that brings them together at the Education City Stadium, followed by the match between the Netherlands and its Argentine counterpart at Lusail Stadium.
The competitions for this round will be completed next Saturday with the matches of Morocco and Portugal at Al-Thumama Stadium, and England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium.
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