Barcelona saw a record 17 players head off to the World Cup in Qatar but not all have made it through to the knockout stages.
First to depart was center-back Andreas Christensen. Denmark were considered dark horses by many but disappointed in Qatar. However, Christensen can hold his head high after some strong performances. He also scored his team’s only World Cup goal.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was next to go as Germany suffered another shock exit in the group stages. Ter Stegen didn’t feature at all for Die Mannschaft, much like Ronald Araujo whose tournament is also over after Uruguay failed to reach the last 16.
Here’s how the last 16 looks:
#NED #USA#ARG #AUS#ENG #SEN#FRA #POL#JPN #HRV#BRA #KOR#MAR #ESP#POR #SUI— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 2, 2022
Now let’s have a look at which Barca players are left in the tournament and what’s coming up next.
Netherlands vs USA - Saturday, December 3
Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong will come up against Sergino Dest next in Qatar. The Dutch will be favorites to win but haven’t been completely convincing so far. The winners of the game face a potential quarter-final against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
France vs Poland - Sunday, December 4
There’s another three players involved in this tie as France duo Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele come up against Robert Lewandowski.
Brazil vs South Korea - Monday, December 5
Brazil remain one of the favorites to lift the trophy and will take on South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals. Raphinha was handed a bit of a rest last time out against Cameroon but will hope to be back in the starting XI on Monday.
Morocco vs Spain - Tuesday, December 6
Luis Enrique’s side made it through on goal difference but will need to improve after losing to Japan. Gavi, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Ferran Torres have seen plenty of game time while Ansu Fati and Alejandro Balde have also featured. Eric Garcia is still waiting for his first World Cup minutes.