World Cup Quarter Final Betting Tips | The Race to the Semis

At the FIFA World Cup 2022, the quarter-finals would begin on December 3 between obviously yet unknown teams.

The four quarter-finals will be spread over two days. The first quarter-final will be played on December 9 at Lusail Iconic Stadium, whereas the second fixture will also be played on the same night at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

The third and fourth quarter-finals will be played on December 10 – one at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, and the other at Al Thumama Stadium.

England have had a series of torrid experiences in World Cup quarter-finals. They have been knocked out for a total of eight times at this stage – most recently in 2006. On the other hand, Croatia and Portugal have a hundred per cent record in quarter-finals, winning both of their matches.

Over the years, a number of memorable quarter-final matches have taken place at the World Cup. For instance, the 1986 quarter-final between England and Argentina is arguably the greatest match played at this stage. The two countries had fought the Falklands War just four years prior and so there was a political angle to it. The game saw three goals scored – two by Argentina’s Diego Maradona and one by England’s Gary Lineker. Argentina won 2-1, with both of Maradona’s goals etched in folklore of World Cup history. His first strike was the infamous Hand of God goal, which as the title suggests, came off his hand. The second goal was a mesmerizing solo effort that saw him dribble past five England players and was titled the Goal of the Century.

Similarly, England’s 2006 quarter-final clash with Portugal was another memorable clash. The highlight of the game wasn’t even a sporting incident but a clash between two club teammates and rising superstars Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. After Rooney stamped on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho, Ronaldo was seen trying to convince the referee to issue a red card. Rooney took exception to that and pushed Ronaldo. He was eventually sent off and Ronaldo was seen winking towards the Portugal bench. England lost the game on penalties.