one in world Cup It has seen some ups and downs, we just had the biggest one! Brazilled by neymar and the favorite to win it all in Qatar, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Croatia on penalty. Now, the 2018 World Cup runner-up aims to oust Lionel Messi And Argentinawho defended Netherlands (also on penalties) to reach the semi-finals.
And the fun won’t stop as we expect plenty of fireworks on the other side of the bracket in Saturday’s games. the legacy Morocco keep running for your dreams and get past portugal, and will France And kilian mbappe Keep up your Golden Boot campaign and repeat title hopes England,
Be sure to check in with ESPN throughout the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Take a look ahead to catch up on what you might have missed from Friday’s World Cup events, and Saturday’s action.
Taylor Twelman attributes Brazil’s “inexcusable” defeat to Croatia in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
End of era for Brazil? Neymar upset to equalize Croatia’s Pele
It seemed like the perfect script was being written. In a game that went to overtime and with a spot for the semi-finals on the line, neymarGave up a close-range goal after some tremendous offensive play. Brazil late edge against Croatia, Not only did it seem like enough to close out the game, it tied Neymar with legend Pele for the most goals in Brazil men’s team history with 77 goals.
But then came the first re-write. Croatia, who had not had a shot on target in the entire game, bruno petkovichK’s shot took a deflection and went into the back of the net in the 117th minute.
And then the whole script turned upside down as the game went to a penalty shootout. Brazil came undone, with rodrigoAttempt saved by the keeper dominik livkovich And marquinhos Bouncing his shot off the post while Croatia turned their all to claim a memorable 4-2 win after a 1-1 stalemate at the end of regulation.
Brazil entered the tournament as the odds-on team and took their title tally to six. lost to croatia France In the 2018 finals, they were not up for a repeat of that historic run. But under the guidance of the midfield maestro luka modric, the Croatians upset the Brazilians, losing the battle for possession for the first time in Qatar. At this point, are you likely to bet against them making another final?
The views couldn’t be more different. A wave of jubilation broke out among the Croatian players and overtook the exhausted Brazilians. Neymar broke down in tears after equaling the record of one of the country’s sporting heroes but went off without a chance in the shootout. And it seemed the Neymar era had come to an end Decided not to play for Brazil again,
if you are a fan of SeleçãoThis script did not have a happy ending.
Despite his great goal, Ale Moreno was not impressed with Neymar’s performance against Croatia.
Argentina avoid collapse, stop Dutch on penalties in stunning win
Just when we thought the acts for the day were done, we were treated to another dose of theatrics Argentinais wild 4-3 win Over that Netherlands on penalties after a rollercoaster 2-2 finish in regulation.
The first half was pretty boring, until Messi opened it with a ridiculous reverse pass. He went to the edge of the Netherlands box, and with one flick, took four Dutch defenders out of play and found the attacker Nahuel Molinawho had room to cross it andries knoppert,
When Messi added a second from the penalty spot, it looked as though Argentina were headed home. But then 15 minutes of Dutch talent closed out the 90 minutes. Weghorst’s header was brilliantly volleyed past Martínez with seven minutes of normal time, and then in the 10th minute of injury time, he added one of Weghorst’s best set pieces for his second World Cup.
Luis Miguel Echegare reacts to Argentina’s dramatic win over the Netherlands on penalties.
At this stage, referee Antonio Mateu Lahoj had already lost control of the match, having handed out 17 yellow cards (but no red?) and had to stop play twice as the benches emptied onto the pitch.
In fact, the penalty shootout felt almost slightly anti-climatic as Argentina emerged from the madness with a win and a place in the semi-finals.
Craig Burley can’t believe the Netherlands pulled off such an audacious free kick in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Quarterfinals on! France-England, Portugal-Morocco ahead
after winning the world cup France four years ago, kilian mbappeLife has been a whirlwind. In Russia, he was a prodigious 19-year-old and still emerging as one of the sport’s biggest stars. Now at the venerable age of 23, He can claim to be the best player in the world,
In Qatar, Mbappe has scored five goals and is on course to win the Golden Boot for the most goals in the tournament. He is leading a side that is playing with confidence and has scored several goals in each of their four wins so far. les blues also promoted by antoine griezmannNormally a winger but who has thrived and thrived as a genuine midfielder due to Qatar’s pre-Qatar injuries Paul Pogba, ngolo forks And corentin tolisso,
But if this French team is to repeat as champions, it will have to build on a strong past England sides in Saturday’s quarter-final clash. In a similar trajectory to Mbappe four years ago, the 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham has emerged as one of the breakout stars of the tournament, He scored the opening goal of the tournament in a 6–2 win against England. Iranand set up the first goal in a 3–0 win against England. wales,
Bellingham is threatening to solve a situation that England has been grappling with for years. Central midfield has been a weakness of England in recent tournaments, and Bellingham is increasingly becoming the complete midfielder that coach Gareth Southgate has needed in recent years.
Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno discuss how England will deal with Kylian Mbappe when they face France.
As for Saturday’s opening match between portugal And MoroccoIt remains to be seen what role (if any) Cristiano Ronaldo Will play On victory in Portugal’s round of 16 Switzerlandwas benched in favor of ronaldo goncalo ramos Which was seen as a big gamble by coach Fernando Santos.
It paid off as Ramos scored a hat-trick, thus likely cementing Ronaldo’s role off the bench for the rest of the tournament. Santos claimed that the decision was based on “tactics” rather than Ronaldo’s angry reaction to being substituted in the final group game against Portugal. South Korea,
Whatever Ronaldo does, there will be no turning back from what Morocco achieved in Qatar. Atlas Lions will become the first African team to reach the semi-finals after a win against Portugal cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) all lost in the quarterfinals.
If the dream story continues, it will be because Moroccan coach Walid Regargui has established an effective defending and countering style. they have conceded only once so far (an own goal at that) in Qatar, and yassin bounou Was brilliant in goal in penalty shoot-out win spain,
Steve Nicol and Stewart Robson doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about Portugal winning the World Cup are actually genuine.
Your best bets (Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)
If you want to bet on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Dan Thomas and Dalon Cuffe are here to give you important tips. On odds, options and futures, Here we have it for Saturday’s matches.
Dalen cough: Morocco have been inspirational in this tournament. His 120-minute performance against Spain, especially on defence, was excellent. However, the players were bruised, bruised and fought till the end. compare it with a Cristiano Ronaldo-Weekly Portugal has been looking its best and most impressive in the tournament, essentially holding a training session in the second half. I think Portugal manages the game, minimizes Morocco’s chances on the counter, and holds the Atlas Lions scoreless. Portugal will have a clean sheet on +102
Paul Carr: This is the reason for Portugal’s defeat for all reasons, Dalan explained. And yet, I root for Morocco for their strong defensive effort and organization. I’ve played Morocco to advance at +290 because I think they have a one in four chance. If that price holds up, a draw (+260) could be a better game, as Portugal have more depth in attack for extra time.
Dan Thomas: Portugal has a comfortable 3-0 win here.
Phlegm: This could be the best quarterfinal as it has the most evenly matched and quality teams. That said, I think France have been more dominant on the balance of the tournament and this game could come down to an individual moment of brilliance provided by Lightning. kilian mbappe, I think there will be goals. Over 2.5 (+105) is interesting, but I’m also going to bet France to win at 90 (+150).
Carr: I have very little feel for this game, and any reasonable outcome would not surprise me. One thing I like is the first half draw at +100. Both the teams are likely to be cautious at the start as both adopt a defensive approach despite their firepower. If one team gets an early goal, the other is likely to control the ball and give chances to the other half.
Thomas: England’s defense has yet to be properly tested and I think it is going to be a disaster for manager Gareth Southgate’s side. France has so many opportunities to advance and we are not armed to stop them. Get the French victory and lots of goals in 90 minutes.
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News and Notes
England manager Gareth Southgate stresses on Ben White left the team camp due to personal reasons and dismissed suggestions of a clash between the Arsenal defender and his assistant coach Steve Holland. A report emerged on Friday suggesting White was involved in a disagreement with Holland in a team meeting over a failure to recall data relating to his personal statistics. The Three Lions will take on France on Saturday les blues keeper hugo lloris saying that he thinks it will be an epic game,
Brazilian coach Tite hit back There is a lack of organization on the tips in the final minutes of extra time contributed to their World Cup exit. Meanwhile, Neymar said He was unsure whether he would play for the national team again After their heartbreaking loss. “Honestly, I don’t know. I think it’s bad to talk because of the heat of the moment. Maybe I’m not thinking straight,” he said.
Lionel Messi He said he felt “humiliated” Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal and Argentina criticized the referee after the Netherlands beat the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling World Cup quarter-final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar on Friday. He also fiercely criticized the performance of Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoj.