The round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup continued on Tuesday, and on paper the results mirrored those from yesterday. There was one blowout match and another that was decided by penalty kicks.
It was an historic outing for Morocco as the team became just the fourth African nation to reach the quarterfinals after taking down favored Spain. The team also became the first African nation to get this deep into the bracket since 2010. The game was knotted up at zero for 120 minutes and was decided on three winning penalty kicks. Spain was unable to score even once in the do-or-die situation as the goalie for Morocco plays for a club in Spain.
Then, there was the absolute demolition of Switzerland by Portugal. After 120 match minutes, the final score stood at 6 to 1. The match was never really in the grasp of the Swiss as they got their first goal on the board near the hour mark.
The quarterfinals are set to kick off on Friday with the Netherlands facing off against Argentina during the afternoon session in a mouthwatering matchup that has seen both nations pitted against each other in past World Cups. And perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the round is between the Neymar-led Brazilians, who entered the tournament as favorites, and Croatia, a recent World Cup runner-up, although the Brazilians are heavily favored.
It will be a big outing for both squads as Brazil looks to cash in on the world's expectations of the team winning its sixth Cup. Meanwhile, Croatia has unfinished business after coming up short against France in the 2018 World Cup final but has its work cut out against a deep Brazilian squad.
Morocco and Portugal will face off Saturday, followed by another big game between England and France in the afternoon.