The World Cup quarterfinal lineup will be finalized on Tuesday, with the remaining spot to be filled by the winners of Portugal v Switzerland and Morocco v Spain.
Those clashes come after Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 thrashing of South Korea, setting up a clash with Croatia, which defeated Japan 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. .
Here, the PA news agency looks back at the last day of action of the round of 16 in Qatar, and how it played out on Monday.
Santos unhappy with Ronaldo’s reaction
Before the meeting with Switzerland at the Lusail Stadium, Portugal coach Fernando Santos revealed that he was not happy with Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after being substituted in the last group game.
Ronaldo looked angry after being pulled off with 25 minutes remaining in Friday’s 2-1 loss to South Korea. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker later said his frustration was directed at an opposing player rather than Santos for taking him out.
Santos said in his pre-match press conference that he “didn’t really like it”, and while adding that “we fixed it internally”, he did not confirm whether Ronaldo would captain the team against the Swiss.
Penalty practice for Spain
Spain manager Luis Enrique, meanwhile, said he told his players more than a year ago that they needed to take at least 1,000 penalties with their clubs in preparation for possible penalties in Qatar.
Enrique, whose team plays Morocco at Education City Stadium, said: “I don’t think it’s a lottery, it doesn’t just depend on luck.
“This is the moment of greatest pressure, you have to show skill and take the penalty. Obviously you can’t train pressure and tension, but it’s manageable, you can handle that pressure and those key moments say a lot about a player. It doesn’t really depend on luck.”
Brazil are through after producing a first-half blitz against South Korea at Estadio 974 that began with a Vinicius Junior goal in the seventh minute.
Neymar, who returned after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, added a penalty six minutes later to move one goal behind the team’s all-time leading scorer, Pele.
Additional efforts followed from Richarlison (29), rounding off some brilliant team play, and Lucas Paquetá (36), an excellent volley, as the five-time world champions all but wrapped things up before half-time. Paik Seung-ho scored a consolation goal for South Korea with 14 minutes remaining in regulation.
Livakovic the hero of Croatia
In Monday’s previous game, 2018 runners-up Croatia fell behind courtesy of Daizen Maeda’s 43rd-minute goal, before equalizing through Ivan Perisic’s header 10 minutes into the second half.
In the ensuing penalty shootout, Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic made three saves, preventing tame efforts from Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida as Japan’s memorable campaign, with impressive group stage victories over Germany and Spain, came to an end. final.
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