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The quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is all set to get underway on Friday with two South America vs Europe clashes. Neymar and Lionel Messi will look to be the star players for their separate brigades formerly again.

In Short
  • Brazil vs Croatia and Argentina vs Netherlands will kickstart the quarterfinal stages of the World Cup
  • Brazil will be over against and Modric and a flexible Croatian platoon who has refused to give up
  • Messi will be looking to snap the unbeaten run of Louis van Gaal’s platoon

By India Today Web office The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has entered its business end as the Round Of 16 matches produced a lot of drama and the exit of former World titleholders.

Spain were knocked out by an energetic and bent Morrocan side, who are continuing their fine run in the competition. Portugal and Brazil recorded big triumphs over Switzerland and South Korea independently, while the Netherlands, France and England had comfortable palms as well.

Argentina were made to earn their palm by Australia with Lionel Messi formerly again stealing the limelight. Croatia defeated the giantkillers of the event, Japan, in a memorable penalty shootout where Croatian goalkeeper Dominik LivakoviÄ ‡ was the true star.

Now the field is set for the instigative quarterfinal stages and the lineup for the matches has to be one of the stylish in the history of the World Cup. The fests of the final 8 round of games will kickoff with South America versus Europe clashes on Friday.

The full schedule for 9th December is as follows:

Brazil vs Croatia

Argentina vs The Netherlands

Will the Selecao dance their way into the semi-finals?

Brazil was just all class in their Round Of 16 clash against South Korea. The match was effectively over in the first half as the Selecao put four past the Asian titans to put behind the disappointment of the defeat to Cameroon in their final group game.

The cotillion fests of the players may have seized all the captions at the end of the day in the Round of 16, but it does look like Tite’s men have switched gears for the business end of the event.

Neymar’s return has also been a timely boost for Brazil, with the likes of Richarlison, ViniciusJr. and Casemiro also being in top form.

They’ve another tough test in front of them in the form of Luka Modric and Croatia. The 2018 World Cup runners- up have been flexible throughout the event and will be over for a big fight on Friday.

Can Messi and Argentina snap Netherlands’ unbeaten streak?

The alternate match of the evening is one that would be hard to prognosticate as Lionel Messi and Argentina go up against the unbeaten Netherlands side, who have been phenomenal throughout the crusade.

Argentina formerly again demanded a bit of Messi magic against Australia in the Round Of 16 and their defence soaked all the pressure thrown at them by the Socceroos.

The Netherlands were clinical in front of thing against USA, although director Louis van Gaal was not completely pleased with the performance of his platoon as he felt they lost a lot of ball possession.

Keeping the ball in control could prove to be one of the decisive factors in this clash as Messi looks to trump the Dutch side and edge closer to completing his World Cup dream.

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Last Updated: 9 December 2022