Ahead of the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, find out how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will meet in the remaining matches of the major soccer tournament.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar witnessed a sensational group stage followed by an equally exciting Round of 16. The tournament now moves on to the quarterfinals, scheduled to begin on December 9. Interestingly, two of the greatest footballers of our time, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue their quest for World Cup gold medal glory.
Which teams qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
The Netherlands became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over the United States, followed by Lionel Messi-led Argentina, who locked up their spot with a 2-1 victory over Australia. Defending champions France advanced with a 3-1 win over Poland led by Lewandowski. England, on the other hand, qualified with a 3-0 win over Senegal, who missed Sadio Mane more than ever.
Croatia, the 2018 runners-up, advanced by beating Japan 3-1 on penalties in the tournament’s first match, while Brazil narrowly defeated South Korea 4-1. In the final round of the Round of 16, Morocco won 3-0 on penalties to knock 2010 World Cup champion Spain out of the tournament. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal locked up the final spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-1 win over Switzerland.
Qatar 2022 World Cup quarterfinals: schedule, date and time
Croatia vs. Brazil Dec. 9, 8:30 p.m. IST
Netherlands vs. Argentina Dec. 10, 12:30am IST
Morocco vs. Portugal Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m. IST
England vs. France Dec. 11, 12:30am IST
How will Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi face off at the FIFA World Cup?
If they beat the Netherlands on Saturday, Argentina will face the winner of Croatia v Brazil in the semifinals. If Portugal beats Morocco in the quarterfinals, they will meet the winner of England vs. France in the semifinals. If both teams win their respective semifinals and advance to the summit clash on December 18, a dream encounter between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could be seen in this grand soccer event.