The round of 16 for the 2022 World Cup began Saturday morning, which means we’re starting to get teams qualifying for the quarterfinal round. The competition will come down to eight teams by the end of the round of 16, and the first quarterfinal will take place Friday, December 9. Here’s a look at the teams who have booked their spot in the quarterfinals, which group they came from and who they beat in the round of 16 to get to this point.
Who has qualified for World Cup quarterfinals
Netherlands (Group A, defeated USA in round of 16)
The Dutch managed to respond to every USA move, scoring two goals in the first half and then getting a third after the Americans pulled one back late. Netherlands have gained some attacking power with the rise of Cody Gapko, and their back line is holding up better than expected. This team will face either Argentina in the quarterfinal.
Argentina (Group C, defeated Australia in round of 16)
Lionel Messi got the party started for Argentina and the South American powerhouse would go on to add another goal for a 2-0 lead over Australia. However, the Socceroos nearly came back and had a late shot at an equalizer. Emilio Martinez’s save is the biggest reason we aren’t seeing extra time in this battle. Argentina will meet Netherlands in the first quarterfinal.
France (Group D, defeated Poland in round of 16)
For the first half, this was a tense competition that featured a lot of chances for both sides. However, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe took over in the second half to give France a comfortable win over Poland. France will meet England in the quarterfinal.
England (Group B, defeated Senegal in round of 16)
England roared through the round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Senegal to set up a massive showdown with France. Harry Kane finally got on the scoring sheet for England, who are looking like a championship side at the moment on both sides of the pitch.
Croatia (Group F, defeated Japan in round of 16 on penalties)
Croatia got the equalizing goal courtesy of Ivan Perisic in the second half of this match and eventually outlasted Japan to win on penalties 3-1. Croatia’s Mario Palasic had the winning penalty, but it was goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic who was the hero with three saves for the 2018 runners-up.
Brazil (Group G, defeated South Korea in round of 16)
With the extra rest, Brazil clearly had the edge over South Korea and showed it in the first half. The Selecao scored four goals in 36 minutes, with Vinicius Jr., Neymar and Richarlison all getting on the score sheet. This Brazil attack is shaping up to be dangerous with the return of Neymar, who looked good and played 80 minutes before being subbed. A matchup with 2018 runners-up Croatia looms.
Morocco (Group F, defeated Spain in round of 16 on penalties)
Just like the other team from Group F in the round of 16, Morocco went to penalties and outlasted a heavily favored Spain team to make the quarterfinal round. Spain didn’t make a single penalty, while Achraf Hakimi hit the game-winning spot kick for the Atlas Lions.
Portugal (Group H, defeated Switzerland in round of 16)
Even with Cristiano Ronaldo starting off on the bench, Portugal didn’t miss a beat in a 6-1 beatdown of Switzerland. Goncalo Ramos had the hat-trick as he took Ronaldo’s spot in the starting lineup, and Switzerland never threatened in any way even after grabbing one goal. Portugal will now face a pesky Morocco side who have taken out Belgium and Spain already in this competition.