The quarter-final line-up of the World Cup will be completed on Tuesday and the remaining fixtures will be filled by the winners of Portugal v Switzerland and Morocco v Spain.
These competitions came after Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 into the last eight and faced Croatia, which defeated Japan 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Here, PA news agency looks forward to the final day of action in the round of 16 in Qatar and how Monday unfolds.
Santos dissatisfied with Ronaldo’s reaction
Portugal head coach Fernando Santos, who will face Switzerland at the Lusail Stadium, announced that he was not satisfied with the reaction of Cristiano Ronaldo after he entered the game in the last group match.
Ronaldo looked pissed after he pulled back 25 minutes after Friday’s 2-1 loss to South Korea ended – the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward later said the disappointment was directed at the rival player who took him out of the game rather than Santos.
Santos said at a pre-match press conference that he “really didn’t like it” and said “we fixed it in-house”, but did not confirm whether Ronaldo would captain it against the Swiss.
Penalty training in Spain
Meanwhile, Spain coach Luis Enrique said he told his players more than a year ago that they needed to take at least 1,000 penalty shootouts with their club to prepare for possible penalty shootouts in Qatar.
“I think it’s not a lottery, it’s not just about luck,” said Enrique, who plays with Morocco at the Education City Stadium.
“The moment you have the highest pressure, you have to show skill and take a penalty. Obviously, you can’t work out the pressure and tension, but it’s manageable, you can handle that pressure and those key moments say a lot about a player. It really doesn’t depend on luck.”
Brazil finished the job after producing blitz in the first half against South Korea at Stadium 974, which started with a kick from Vinicius Junior in the seventh minute.
Returning after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, Neymar added a penalty six minutes later, one goal behind the team’s all-time top scorer, Pele.
Richarlison (29) completing a great team move and five-time world champion Lucas Paqueta (36) trying harder with a spectacular volley made it all before the break. Paik Seung-ho withdrew the consolation goal for South Korea with 14 minutes left in regular time.
Croatia’s hero Livakovic
In the previous match on Monday, 2018 runners-up Croatia fell behind, thanks to Daizen Maeda’s 43rd minute finish, before equalizing with a header by Ivan Perisic in the 10th minute of the second half.
In the ensuing shootout, Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic made three saves, surpassing the deft efforts of Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida, ending Japan’s unforgettable battle with stunning group stage victories against Germany and Spain. end.
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