The United States men’s national team was eliminated from the World Cup Saturday in a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands at Khalifa International Stadium.
How will the Dutch fare against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the quarterfinals?
Here’s everything that happened in the World Cup Saturday and what to watch for on Sunday.
Netherlands vs. United States
The Netherlands had a game plan that the United States played right into. In spite of that, the U.S. was a few better touches away from making it a real contest. There’s a lot to be excited about with this young American squad, and it has four years to retool for the 2026 World Cup, which the U.S. will co-host with Canada and Mexico.
The Netherlands will continue its tournament with a quarterfinal matchup with Argentina Friday (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).
Argentina 2, Australia 1
Australia’s Cinderella story came to an end Saturday, but it gave Argentina a fight to the final whistle. Had it not been for a timely tackle from Lisandro Martinez and an incredible save from Emiliano Martinez, it would have gone to extra time. Australia’s players can leave the tournament with heads held high.
SAVE OF THE DAY
Everyone on Argentina’s squad owes Emiliano Martinez dinner for letting them go home an hour earlier than they would have had he not saved this shot from Australia’s Garang Kuol.
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GOAL OF THE DAY
It took Lionel Messi 16 years to score his first goal in the World Cup’s knockout stage, but he finally got it, and it was a beauty.
For his sake, let’s hope he doesn’t have to wait another 16 years to score his next.
France vs. Poland, 10 a.m. ET on FS1
In a battle between two of the most dominant strikers in the world, France’s Kylian Mbappé will have the advantage because of the quality of his surrounding talent.
It would take something special from Robert Lewandowski — or something catastrophic from France — for Poland to advance.
Senegal vs. England, 2 p.m. ET on FS1
England has looked strong to start the tournament, but its fans are always ready for heartbreak.
It will be looking to rewrite the narrative with an encouraging outing against Senegal.
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