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World Cup 2022 knockout stage: Dates, kick-off times & road to the final

06:00 GMT 14/12/2022
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GOAL brings you the date, time and venue of every knockout fixture

The knockout rounds of the World Cup are where legends are truly made.

Through the last 16, quarter-final and semi-finals, heroes are born and history is written.

As is tradition, if 90 minutes are completed with the scores level, proceedings will move to 30 minutes of extra time. If there is still nothing to separate the two teams, a penalty shoot-out will be the decider.

GOAL has everything you need to know about the 2022 World Cup knockout stage, including fixtures, results, game dates, kick-off times and more.

World Cup 2022 knockout bracket

Success in the World Cup is often dependent on which side of the bracket your nation ends up occupying. This year, the highest-ranking footballing nations are fairly evenly spread.

On one side of the tournament tree, in groups A to D, sit the likes of Netherlands, England, Argentina, and France.

On the second side, in groups E to H, nations such as Brazil, Portugal, Japan and Morocco all have the opportunity to play each other before the final.

World Cup 2022 last-16 results

In 2022, the last-16 matches took place from the December 3 to December 6.

Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to victory over Australia, while the United States men's national team were dumped out by Louis van Gaal's Netherlands.

France defeated Poland to set up a quarter-final clash against England, who beat Senegal 3-0. Japan were dumped out by Croatia on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw.

Brazil lived up to their billing as tournament favourites by turning on the style to coast past South Korea 4-1.

Spain were also highly fancied by many ahead of the tournament but saw their World Cup dreams ended by Morocco in a penalty shootout.

DateFixtureKick-Off Time Venue
Dec 3Netherlands 3-1 USA3pm GMT / 10am ETKhalifa International Stadium
Dec 3Argentina 2-1 Australia7pm GMT / 2pm ETAhmed bin Ali Stadium
Dec 4France 3-1 Poland3pm GMT / 10am ETAl Thumama Stadium
Dec 4England 3-0 Senegal7pm GMT / 2pm ETAl Bayt Stadium
Dec 5Japan 1-1 Croatia (1-3P)3pm GMT / 10am ETAl Janoub Stadium
Dec 5 Brazil 4-1 South Korea7pm GMT / 2pm ETStadium 974
Dec 6Morocco (3-0P) 0-0 Spain3pm GMT / 10am ETEducation City Stadium
Dec 6Portugal 6-1 Switzerland7pm GMT / 2pm ETLusail Iconic Stadium

World Cup 2022 quarter-finals

The quarter-finals of World Cup 2022 will be played on December 9 and 10.

Croatia defeated Brazil and Argentina bested the Netherlands on December 9. On December 10, Morocco defeated Portugal while France got a narrow win against England.

You can see the dates, kick-off times and venues below.

DateFixtureKick Off TimeVenue
Dec 9Croatia 1-1 Brazil (4-2P)3pm GMT / 10am ETEducation City Stadium
Dec 9Netherlands 2-2 Argentina (3-4P)7pm GMT / 2pm ETLusail Iconic Stadium
Dec 10Morocco 1-0 Portugal3pm GMT / 10am ETAl Thumama Stadium
Dec 10England 1-2 France 7pm GMT / 2pm ETAl Bayt Stadium

World Cup 2022 semi-finals

Argentina booked their place in the final of the 2022 World Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Croatia, in which Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez shone. France face off against Morocco in the other semi-final.

DateFixtureKick-off TimeVenue
Dec 13Argentina 3-0 Croatia7pm GMT / 2pm ETLusail Iconic Stadium
Dec 14France vs Morocco7pm GMT / 2pm ETAl Bayt Stadium

World Cup 2022 third-place play-off

The teams that lose in the semi-finals face off for the right to be recorded as third-place in the history books. The 2022 World Cup third-place play-off takes place the day before the final, on December 17.

DateFixtureKick-off timeVenue
Dec 17Croatia vs Morocco/France3pm GMT / 10am ETKhalifa International Stadium

World Cup 2022 final

DateFixtureKick Off TimeVenue
Dec 18Argentina vs Morocco/France3pm GMT / 10am ETLusail Iconic Stadium

The World Cup 2022 final will be played on December 18 at Lusail Iconic Stadium. It is a Sunday 3pm kick-off in the UK and an early-morning game in the U.S.