FIFA World Cup, Day 17: Spain will tackle Morocco, whereas Portugal will face Switzerland within the Spherical of 16 matches. Each Spain and Portugal are approaching the again of defeats of their closing group matches.
Ronaldo-led Portugal will play in opposition to Switzerland. (AP Photograph)
By India Today Web Desk: Day 17 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will deliver down the event to eight groups as Spain, Morocco, Portugal and Switzerland will battle it out to safe the quarter-finals spots.
Spain will tackle Morocco, whereas Portugal will face Switzerland within the Spherical of 16 matches.
Luis Enrique’s Spanish aspect is approaching the again of a 1-2 shock defeat in opposition to Japan, who obtained eradicated within the last-16 match in opposition to the 2018 runners-up Croatia.
The group match between Japan and Spain noticed a controversial objective being given to Japan, which helped the Asian aspect attain the Spherical of 16 and ended Germany’s marketing campaign within the group stage.
On the eve of the match, Enrique stated that Spain can overcome Morocco and cope with the stress of a penalty shootout, if wanted arises. “Over a yr in the past, in lots of nationwide camps we instructed gamers, ‘You have got homework forward of the World Cup. You need to take at the very least 1,000 penalties with the membership’. You’ll be able to’t simply practice them once they’re with the nationwide workforce’,” he stated.
The Spherical of 16 match between Spain and Morocco will start at 8:30 PM IST (Tuesday).
Within the second match of the day, Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal will play in opposition to Switzerland within the last-16 match, starting at 12:30 AM IST (Wednesday, December 7).
Identical to Spain, Portugal are approaching the again of a shock defeat 1-2 in opposition to South Korea, who finally obtained knocked out by Brazil within the Spherical of 16 match. Portugal’s match, nevertheless, has been overshadowed by the rising information of Ronaldo signing a cope with Saudi Arabia membership Al-Nassr.
Day 17, FIFA World Cup Spherical of 16 fixtures:
Morocco vs Spain (8:30 PM IST, Tuesday December 6)
Portugal vs Switzerland (12:30 AM IST, Wednesday, December 7)