Qatar 2022: What happens if Argentina beat Australia in the round of 16?

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On Saturday, Argentina and Australia will battle in a World Cup Round of 16 clash with Quarter-Final berths at stake for both teams. Here, check out what would happen if Lionel Messi’s side triumphs in this matchup.

Argentina have bounced back from their shock loss to Saudi Arabia in the first round and are set to enter the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup. There, they will be playing for the chance to give Lionel Messi his first and probably only World Cup.

After defeating Mexico and Poland to reach the knockout rounds of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, La Alibceleste were rewarded with a match against the tournament’s lowest-ranked team since losing to Saudi Arabia in the opening round.

But first they must beat a gritty Australian side who stunned Denmark in their final group stage match to advance to just their second World Cup knockout match. Despite a devastating opening loss to eventual Group D champions France, the Socceroos bounced back brilliantly to beat Tunisia and notably Denmark 1-0 on their way to the last eight.

What would happen if Argentina beat Australia in the Qatar 2022 Round of 16?

In the event of a victory against Australia, Argentina would progress to the tournament’s Quarter-Finals for the first time since 2014. In the Quarter-Finals, they would then play the winner of the Netherlands vs USMNT encounter. Louis van Gaal’s squad advanced to the next round after finishing first in Group A, while the United States ended second in Group B, behind England.

If Lionel Scaloni’s players beat the Socceroos on Saturday, December 3, they will have until Friday, December 9 to prepare for their next encounter. Since there will be a five-day break between games, thus, Lionel Messi and co. will have enough time to prepare for either one of the two possible opponents.

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