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7 December 2022

2022 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16 : how did the Tournament almunis perform ?

After each round, find the recap of what the players who have passed through the Maurice Revello Tournament and are competing in the World Cup did.


An exciting quarter-final. This is what awaits France and England this Saturday after both teams qualified. The French were the first to validate their ticket for the next round by beating Poland on Sunday (3-1). Didier Deschamps' men (1988 Tournament) first struggled in first half, but Hugo Lloris kept them afloat. The best goalkeeper of the Maurice Revello Tournament in 2006 and new co-recordman of the number of caps in the French team with Lilian Thuram (142) made a superb save on Piotr Zielinski while the score was still 0-0. With their captain and also an excellent Adrien Rabiot (2014 Tournament) in midfield, the Tricolores finally managed to open the score before the break before unleashing a second half.

It was on Sunday evening that they were joined by the English. Gareth Southgate's men (2014 and 2016 Tournaments) defeated Senegal in a near-perfect performance. The Three Lions were pushed around by a resilient Senegalese team, but they stayed at 0-0 thanks to their goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (2015 and 2016 Tournaments). They then gave their opponents no chance with a cool 3-0 victory. The clash between France and England on Saturday is promising and already historic: it will be the first face-off in the knockout phase between the two teams, Euro and World Cup combined.

A formality. Brazil gave South Korea no chance in their Round of 16 match (4-1). It only took 36 minutes for the Seleção to score their 4 goals and end the suspense. If the first half was one-sided, the second half was more balanced, with the South Koreans much more enterprising. Paulo Bento's men even forced Alisson Becker to make several saves. The 2013 Maurice Revello Tournament-winning goalkeeper made five saves, some of them quite spectacular. A slight slackening on the part of the Brazilians that they will have to try to avoid against Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Morocco in the history books. Against Spain, the Atlas Lions achieved a real feat by eliminating La Roja on penalties (0-0, 3-0 tab). After Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010), Morocco becomes the fourth African nation in history to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup. A performance of which the goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was the great architect. Imperial for 120 minutes, the goalkeeper, who played in the Tournament in 2012, then saved two of the three Spanish shots. Heroic.

The Moroccans will face Portugal in the next round. Fernando Santos's men put in a very high level performance, beating Switzerland 6-1. To everyone's surprise, Cristiano Ronaldo (Tournament 2003) was a substitute at kick-off, replaced in attack by the young Gonçalo Ramos. The 21-year-old striker, who played in the 2019 Tournament, was celebrating his first start for the national team, and in what manner. The Benfica player scored a magnificent hat-trick and had a night to remember for the rest of his life.


The total number of shots taken by Gregg Berhalter's USA (1994 Tournament) against the Netherlands. That's 6 more than their opponents in that match and the highest total for Team USA in this World Cup.


The number of aerial duels won by Adrien Rabiot against Poland. This is the highest total for a French player in the match.


After their victory over Poland in the round of 16, France will be in the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the third time in a row (2014, 2018, 2022). A first in the history of Les Bleus.


Nampalys Mendy's pass success rate (2012 and 2013 Tournaments) against England. The midfielder completed 49 of the 50 passes he attempted. This is the highest rate of the match.


The number of balls touched by Takehiro Tomiyasu (2018 Tournament) against Croatia, the highest total for a Japanese player in the match.


Argentina : German Pezzella (2009), Alejandro Gomez (2009) - Manager : Lionel Scaloni (1998)
Brésil : Alisson (2013), Ederson (2014), Daniel Alves (2002), Marquinhos (2014), Antony (2019), Pedro (2019)
England : Jordan Pickford (2015 & 2016), Aaron Ramsdale (2018), Eric Dier (2014), Conor Gallagher (2019), Jack Grealish (2016) - Manager : Gareth Southgate (2014 & 2016)
France : Hugo Lloris (2006), Steve Mandanda (2005), Axel Disasi (2018), Adrien Rabiot (2014) - Sélectionneur : Didier Deschamps (1988)
Morocco : Yassine Bono (2012), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (2015), Nayef Aguerd (2015), Badr Benoun (2015), Abderrazak Hamdallah (2012)
Netherlands : Steven Berghuis (2012), Vincent Janssen (2015)
Portugal : Rui Patricio (2009), José Sa (2013 & 2014), Danilo Pereira (2011), Ruben Dias (2016), João Cancelo (2014), João Mario (2013), Bruno Fernandes (2014), Vitinha (2019), Cristiano Ronaldo (2003), Ricardo Horta (2014), Gonçalo Ramos (2019)


Belgium : Koen Casteels (2013), Yannick Carrasco (2013)
Canada : James Pantemis (2018), Derek Cornelius (2018), Liam Millar (2018), Ike Ugbo (2017), Jonathan David (2018) - Manager : John Herdman (2018)
Costa Rica : Ronald Matarrita (2015) - Manager : Luis Fernando Suarez (1999)
Japan : Maya Yoshida (2008), Takehiro Tomiyasu (2018), Ko Itakura (2018), Hiroki Ito (2017), Ao Tanaka (2019), Daichi Kamada (2016), Kaoru Mitoma (2019), Takumi Minamino (2016), Yuki Soma (2019), Takuma Asano (2016), Ayase Ueda (2018)
Mexico : Guillermo Ochoa (2005), Nestor Araujo (2011 & 2012), Gerardo Arteaga (2018 & 2019), César Montes (2018), Hector Moreno (2006), Jorge Sanchez (2018), Roberto Alvarado (2018), Uriel Antuna (2018), Hector Herrera (2012), Raul Jimenez (2012) - Manager : Gerardo Martino (1983)
Qatar : Saad Al Sheeb (2010), Meshaal Barsham (2019), Yousef Hassan (2014), Homam Ahmed (2018), Abdulaziz Hatem (2009 & 2010), Akram Afif (2014), Ahmed Alaaeldin (2015) - Manager : Félix Sanchez Bas (2014)
Senegal : Kalidou Koulibaly (2011), Abdou Diallo (2016), Nampalys Mendy (2012 & 2013)
South Korea : Kang-In Lee (2018)
Tunisia : Mouez Hassen (2014)
USA : Kellyn Acosta (2013), Jordan Morris (2013 & 2015) - Manager : Greg Berhalter (1994)
Wales : Joe Rodon (2017), Chris Mepham (2017), Mark Harris (2017), Daniel James (2017) - Manager : Rob Page (2017)


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