World Cup 2022 Round of 16: What you must know about the fixtures

Source The Ghana Report

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has entered the round of 16, and from now to the end are the knockout phases of the competition.

The group stage of the Mundial was a manifestation of top-class performances. It has been full of excitement, giant-killing feats, suspense, heartbreaks and shocking results.

Teams with the least chance to advance from the group looked more determined to change the narrative and caused some historic upsets as the tournament’s favourites, Germany and Belgium, were given early tickets to return home.

On the other hand, France was the first to qualify after two matches before being joined by Brazil and Portugal.

Sixteen of the 32 teams who qualified for the tournament have proceeded to the next round, and as usual, some football pundits are drawing up an easier path for some teams to advance based on the pairings.

However, players and coaches who have been there will tell you anything could happen in the single-elimination knockout stage.

TGR Sports lays out all you need to know about the upcoming games in the tournament.

Netherlands vs USA

Date: Saturday, December 3

Time: 6 pm (15:00 GMT)

Venue: Khalifa International Stadium

Facts: Both teams have met five times at the senior level, with the Netherlands coming out winners on 4 occasions and the USA once, with none ending up in a draw.

A total of 15 goals were recorded in those previous encounters, Netherlands scoring 10 and the USA scoring 5

Argentina vs Australia

Date: Saturday, December 3

Time: 10 pm (19:00 GMT)

Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Facts: After both teams lost their opening fixtures in the group stages, back-to-back victories in the following two secured qualifications for them as they head to their eighth fixture, 5 wins for Argentina and 1 win for Australia, with one ending in a draw.

A total of 19 goals were recorded in those previous encounters, with Argentina scoring 12 and Australia scoring 7.

France vs Poland

Date: Sunday, December 4

Time: 6 pm (15:00 GMT)

Venue: Al Thumama Stadium

Facts: France sealed progression after two matches before defeating Tunisia on the final day and will face Poland, which narrowly edged out Mexico on goal difference to finish second in Group C.

With these two sides both playing in the same confederation, there have been frequent meetings in the past, 16 times have they met, and France have won on 8 of them, whereas Poland were victors on 3 occasions with 5 ending in a draw.

England vs Senegal

Date: Sunday, December 4

Time: 10 pm (19:00 GMT)

Venue: Al Bayt Stadium

Facts: England and Senegal will meet for the first time.

England reached the knockout stages after defeating Wales 3-0 to top their group, while Senegal progressed as Group A runners-up after overcoming Ecuador.

Japan vs Croatia

Date: Monday, December 5

Time: 6 pm (15:00 GMT)

Venue: Al Janoub Stadium

Facts:  Croatia qualified as runners-up of Group F and will be facing Japan which surprisingly finished top of its group, which had Spain and Germany.
The upcoming clash will be the decider on who gets the bragging rights after three games in the past could not; both teams have won a match between them with the other ending in a draw.
A total of 8 goals were recorded in those previous encounters, 4 for each team. Quite balanced.

Brazil vs South Korea

Date: Monday, December 5

Time: 10 pm (19:00 GMT)

Venue: Stadium 974

Facts: The current world number 1 Brazil is heading into the fixture as winners of Group G and will face South Korea, whose dramatic win over Portugal on the final day saw them edge past Uruguay as runners-up of their group.

Two matches have been played in the past, and Brazil won both with a total of 9 goals being recorded, 8 of those goals for the Samba boys while the Koreans scored once.

Morocco vs Spain

Date: Tuesday, December 6

Time: 6 pm (15:00 GMT)

Venue: Education City Stadium

Facts: Morocco was the surprise winner of Group F and will come up against Spain, who secured qualification as runners-up of Group E.

Spain has the better side of three matches played between them in the past, winning the first two and drawing the last time they met.

A total of 10 goals were recorded, 6 for Spain and 4 for the African side.

Portugal vs Switzerland

Date: Tuesday, December 6

Time: 10 pm (19:00 GMT)

Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Facts: These two teams play in the same confederation and have met the most times among all, 25 record times, with Switzerland winning 11 times and Portugal winning 9, 5 have ended in a draw.

A total of 68 goals were scored in the past fixtures, with an equal share of 34 being scored by both teams.

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