The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is entering its quarterfinals, as six teams have qualified for the stage. Recently, Croatia and Brazil won their matches to secure two more spots in the quarterfinals.
Croatia defeated Japan in a thrilling penalty shootout after a fierce battle. Contrarily, Brazil defeated South Korea with relative ease. Some of the players in both games broke or tied existing World Cup records.
During the Japan vs. Croatia match, Dominik Livakovic equaled Danijel Subasic’s record of saving the most shots in a World Cup shootout. Croatia as a team has also saved itself three times in a World Cup shootout. Now, Ivan Perisic has tied with Davor Suker as the highest World Cup scorer for Croatia.
As for the Brazil vs. South Korea game, Neymar has matched Ronaldo, Perisic, Messi, and Shaqiri as the players who have scored in the past three World Cups. Furthermore, Neymar has converted the previous 13 penalty kicks.
Even Brazil has matched a record by consecutively entering the quarterfinals for the eighth time. The team has also matched Germany to reach the quarterfinals for the 14th time.
Brazil has deployed 26 players at the World Cup, becoming the first side in World Cup history to do so. Currently, two CONMEBOL teams have advanced to the knockout round, which has only occurred once previously, in 2002.
As the World Cup advances, fans are expecting even more exciting games.