Which teams have reached the World Cup quarter-finals?

Eight teams have booked their place in the quarter-finals after a series of thrilling round-of-16 matches in Qatar.

Rapinha in mid-air, trying to head the ball with a South Korea defender tackling him.
Raphinha in action in the Brazil vs South Korea match [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

World Cup 2022 is in the business end of things. The knockouts are underway, and a thrilling Round of 16 has wrapped up, setting the stage for some highly anticipated matchups in the quarter-finals.

Below are the eight teams that have advanced into the last eight:


Argentina have their star player Lionel Messi and a goalkeeping error from Mat Ryan to thank for overcoming a heroic Australian performance in the Round of 16.

The Socceroos frustrated Argentina for large parts of the game, and despite the wild celebrations at the end, Argentinian fans will have their concerns going into a game against stronger opposition.

Argentina will meet the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, a team that came into the tournament in a fine run of form and are yet to lose. Argentina lost their opener against Saudi Arabia but won the next three.

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Round of 16

Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with with Australia's Riley McGree.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi in action with Australia’s Riley McGree in the World Cup in Qatar [File: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters]


The 2018 World Cup finalists just never seem to get tired. On Monday, they beat Japan on penalties to reach the quarter-finals, where they will face Brazil.

Croatia have only won one game in normal time, against Canada, in this World Cup.

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Japan's Maya Yoshida fights to head the ball with Croatia's Bruno Petkovic while Japan's Takehiro Tomiyasu looks on.
Japan’s Maya Yoshida, right, fights for the ball with Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic, centre, and Japan’s Takehiro Tomiyasu [File: Alessandra Tarantino/AP]

The Netherlands

The Oranje progressed after overcoming a spirited USA in a no-nonsense 3-1 win. The North American team dominated possession and registered more shots on target, but the Netherlands defence, marshalled by Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, easily dealt with the attacking threat.

However, Argentina, who boast Lionel Messi in their ranks, will offer a much greater threat going forward.

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Three players for the Netherlands celebrate on the pitch.
The Netherlands vs USA at Khalifa International Stadium [File: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]


Another favourite to win the tournament, France delivered on expectations and beat Poland 3-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Led by current tournament top marksman Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud — who surpassed Thierry Henry as the best scorer for the national side at 52 international goals — Les Bleus will meet Gareth Southgate’s England on Saturday.

France won the World Cup in 1998 and 2018.

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Brazil stormed into the quarter-finals with an overwhelming 4-1 victory over South Korea, scoring all their goals in the first 36 minutes of the game. They go on to face Croatia in the first match of the quarter-finals on Friday at 6pm local time (15:00 GMT).

The Selecao have claimed the World Cup five times and are the pre-tournament favourites to win a record-extending sixth title.

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Brazil players celebrating their 4-1 victory.
Brazil players celebrating their 4-1 victory over South Korea [File: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]


England secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over African champions Senegal. The Three Lions are set to meet reigning champions France on Saturday.

England won the World Cup in 1966 and finished fourth in 2018.

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Jude Bellingham puts his hand to his ear in encouragement for more crowd cheering in the World Cup in Qatar.
Jude Bellingham puts his hand to his ear in encouragement for more crowd cheering in the World Cup in Qatar [File: Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]


The Atlas Lions shocked the football world on Tuesday when they beat Spain in a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of regular and extra time expired without a goal. Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved two penalties for Morocco to win the shootout 3-0. Achraf Hakimi scored the final penalty, setting off roaring cheers and jubilations across the Arab world.

The North Africans ceded possession to their European neighbours for most of the game but managed for 120 minutes to shut out a Spanish team that was one of the favourites to win the tournament.

Up next in the quarter-finals, Morocco will take on Portugal. This is the deepest Morocco has gone in the World Cup.

Group performance

Round of 16

Morocco's Anass Zaroury walks on the pitch with a Moroccan flag.
Morocco vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022, December 6, Education City Stadium [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]


Portugal breezed past Switzerland in the Round of 16, beating the Swiss 6-1 in a goal-fest that saw Cristiano Ronaldo start from the bench.

While the headlines around Portugal have largely focused on Ronaldo, it was 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos who stole the show against Switzerland on Tuesday, scoring the tournament’s first hat-trick.

Portugal have never won the World Cup. Their best run was in 1966 when they finished third.

Group performance

Round of 16

Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick in Portugal vs Switzerland match, celebrates with open arms.
Goncalo Ramos scores a hat-trick in the Portugal vs Switzerland match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, December 6, Lusail Stadium [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
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