The Qatar World Cup has entered the semifinal phase. The four selected teams, Croatia, Argentina, Morocco, and France, have advanced to this round. Interestingly, the pre-eminent Teams, like Brazil, Spain, and England, were eliminated.
Croatia qualified after overthrowing the leading team Brazil through a penalty shootout. Argentina also went through a similar process, which knocked out the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
Interestingly, Morocco advanced by getting rid of Portugal. Morocco became the first African team to qualify for the semifinal world cup while burying Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of winning the World Cup.
France advanced to the semifinals after conquering England with the winning goal scored by Olivier Giroud with a header.
It is predicted that the semifinal round will be even more fierce considering that the four teams that have qualified have good squads.
In the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup, Croatia will meet Argentina, and Morocco will face France to fight for a ticket to the final round.
Argentina vs Croatia will be the semifinal match that will be held for the first time. The duel took place at Lusail Stadium, Wednesday (14/12/2022) at 2.00 in the morning West Indonesian Time.
France vs Morocco will be held the next day. Al Bayt Stadium will be the arena at 2.00 West Indonesia Time.
The winner of this phase will fight for the championship title in the final match, Sunday (18/12) evening WIB. The losing team competed for third place, Saturday (12/17) evening WIB.
On the other hand, the Qatar World Cup is the last world cup for one of the biggest stars in the history of world football, Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately, he failed to bring Portugal to the semifinals.
Ronaldo was even seen crying after the referee blew the whistle marking the end of the match which Morocco won 0-1, Saturday (10/12). The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award revealed that his dream had come to an end.
“Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career. Fortunately, I won many titles of international dimension, including Portugal, but putting our country’s name on the highest foot in the World was my biggest dream,” Ronaldo said via his official Instagram account. , Sunday (11/12/2022).
In this post, Ronaldo said that his biggest dream during his career in the world of professional football, namely winning the world title for Portugal had ended.
“Sadly yesterday the dream ended It’s not worth reacting to heat. I just want you all to know that much has been said, much has been written, and much has been speculated, but my dedication to Portugal hasn’t changed for a moment. I was always one fighting for the objective of all and I would never turn my back on my colleagues and my country.”
Portugal’s journey at the 2022 World Cup had to stop in the last 8 due to the single goal of the Moroccan bomber, Youssef En-Nesyri, in the 42nd minute. In that match, Ronaldo started his position on the bench until the 51st minute.
During his 39 minutes on the gridiron, Ronaldo was only able to fire one shot on target and did not make much of a contribution to help Portugal advance to the semifinals. As a result, the Portuguese national team was forced to swallow the bitter reality.
During Morocco’s celebration of his victory in winning a ticket to the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup, Ronaldo immediately showed a devastating reaction to tears in the middle of the field.