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The world-renowned sporting quadrennial football (soccer) event has reached its quarterfinals stage after the Round of 16 stage of its 32-country bracket. After the lengthy group stage which consisted of 48 games between eight groups of four countries, FIFA World Cup viewers got to watch the intense first stage of knockouts. The knockouts consisted of the final 16 countries competing, dividing into eight games for head-to-head matches that resulted in half of the remaining pool being eliminated. The 16 countries that advanced to the Round of 16 were Netherlands, USA, Argentina, Australia, France, Poland, England, Senegal, Japan, Croatia, Brazil, South Korea, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland. 

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World Cup Quarterfinals

The knockout stage worked a lot simpler than the group stage did. Rather than a point system to judge what teams got to advance in the tournament, the team to advance was decided purely based on the results of the one game between two opposing countries. In the event that the game ended in a tie, the game would be extended with two 15-minute periods. In the event that the match is still level after the 30-minute extension, the game will be moved to a penalty kick shoot-out that consists of a majority rule scoring the teams that got five shots each per penalty kick round. The penalty kick tiebreaker is an exciting event every time that leaves many screaming at their television with joy or tears depending on who you are cheering for, and this year’s Round of 16 provided viewers with the pleasure of some of these penalty shoot-outs. Here are the results from the thrilling Round of 16 games: 

Netherlands VS United States of America

In the first game of the knockout stage of the World Cup, two of the front-running countries faced off in an exciting game. Leading Group A of the group stage, the Netherlands posed to be a tough opponent in the knockout stage for whoever came their way. The USA was the (first?) victim, having lost to the Netherlands with a score of 3 to 1. The Netherlands players that scored were Memphis Depay, Daley Blind, and Denzel Dumfries (who assisted in the other two goals). Haji Wright of Team USA scored the one goal for the team at the game’s 76th-minute mark, giving hope to some until the Dumfries score at the 81st-minute mark, making it statistically improbable to come out victorious. Nevertheless, the Netherlands advances to the Quarters while Team USA is eliminated from the tournament. 

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Argentina VS Australia

With Argentina being home to one of the world’s best football players (Lionel Messi), Argentina proved to be a front-runner and intimidating opponent for every World Cup. Keeping to their reputation, Argentina came victorious in this matchup against Australia, with a score of 2 to 1. Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez scored for Argentina while Enzo Fernández scored the single goal for Australia. With Messi and Álvarez scoring within the first hour, Fernández’s goal was a subtle light for Australia fans as a tie or win was plausible, but without scoring any more goals for the remainder of the 90-minute timer, Argentina emerges as the team to advance to the Quarters and Australia becomes eliminated. 

France VS Poland

To defend their title as champion of the past World Cup in 2018, France faces Poland in the first knockout stage. With a score of 2 to 1, France wins and advances to the Quarters while Poland is eliminated. The French players to have scored a goal are Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé. Mbappé scored his goal in overtime, extending France’s lead. Poland got a chance to catch up with a tie or lead during a late penalty shoot-out for Poland’s side. Robert Lewandowski scored the single goal for Poland, but the one goal was not enough to bring Poland to the lead which resulted in their elimination. 

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England VS Senegal

The England versus Senegal game was a straightforward and clear game. With an ending score of 3 to 0, England wins the game and advances to the Quarters while Senegal is eliminated from this year’s World Cup. The English players to score are Jordan Henderson (39’), Harry Kane (45’), and Bukayo Saka (57’). 

Japan VS Croatia

Being one of the shocking front-runners after the group stage, Japan faced off against the 2018 World Cup’s runner-up team, Croatia. In an exciting game where Japan and Croatia tied, having to extend their game to a penalty kick shoot-out, Croatia ultimately emerged victorious having scored 3 out of the five penalty kicks while Japan only scored 1. During the main game, Japan’s player Daizen Maeda scored the game’s first goal. Croatia’s goal that brought the game to a tie was scored by Ivan Perišić. With the tie leading to the penalty kick shoot-out that gave Croatia the win, viewers and fans can say Ivan is the reason that Croatia won their match in the Round of 16. 

Brazil VS South Korea

Brazil, also being home to one of the world’s most favored players (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior), got to face of against South Korea, which unexpectedly rose to second place in their group of the group stage and has also been trending from their virally attractive players Cho Gue-sung and Son Heung-min. With a heavy lead, Brazil beat South Korea in the first round of knockouts with a score of 4 to 1. Vini Jr, Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paquetá scored the goals for Brazil while Paik Seung-ho scored the single goal for South Korea. 

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Morocco VS Spain

In a seemingly long game that initially ended in a tie, Morocco and Spain progressed their match into a penalty shoot-out to break the tie after both teams had scored no goals. Morocco took the lead, having scored 3 of their penalty kicks while Spain scored none. Morocco advances to the Quarters while Spain is eliminated. 

Portugal VS Switzerland 

In the final game of the Round of 16, Portugal and Switzerland faced off. With Portugal holding one of the top front-running spots due to hosting the world’s most famous football player on Instagram and one of the world’s best players, Cristiano Ronaldo, they proved to be one of the most intimidating teams to play this match. Adhering to their reputation, Portugal took the heaviest lead during the Round of 16 against Switzerland. With a score of 6 to 1, Portugal took the lead and advanced to the Quarters while Switzerland was eliminated from the World Cup. Gonçalo Ramos scored 3 goals, Pepe scored 1, Raphaël Guerreiro scored 1, and Rafael Leão scored the sixth goal. The one goal for Switzerland was scored by Manuel Akanji. 

The FIFA World Cup 2022 can be streamed on DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, & Youtube TV. It can also be watched via cable on FOX or FS1. 

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