The round of eight is set!

Who has the best shot of advancing to the semifinals at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

We've ranked the sides based on their performance in the round of 16 and squad quality. This is the point of the tournament where the top teams' difference-makers begin to stand out.

With only 12 days until the final, the pressure will only mount.


No. 8: Croatia

Croatia survived and advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Japan 3-1 on penalties Monday.

Both teams were evenly matched, and Croatia's performance against the Samurai Blue was commendable.

The Vatreni have reached the quarter-finals for the third time in their history.

However, their luck may run out in the next round.

Brazil looks dangerous.

Its 4-1 thumping of South Korea was impressive and cemented the Brazilians as the team to beat at the tournament.

Not only will Croatia have to deal with mental and physical fatigue, but Brazil also plays a brand of football that is difficult to defend. Croatia may be unable to fend off a Brazilian attack for a full 90 minutes.