The Big Saturday World Cup Quiz

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Saturday heralds the first knockout games of what has been a pulsating World Cup.

Argentina bounced back from their shock opening defeat to Saudi Arabia to win their group and set up a last-16 clash with Australia.

Few fancied the Socceroos to get out of their group, yet wins over Tunisia and Denmark helped them reach the knockout stage for just the second time.

In the other last-16 game on Saturday, Netherlands take on the USA, with the latter looking to reach the quarter-finals for just the second time in their history.

Get in the mood for the two crunch clashes by tackling our Opta-powered World Cup quiz. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. The Netherlands have reached at least the quarter-final in four of their past five appearances at the World Cup, failing only in 2006 in this run. Who did they lose to that year?

2. This is only the second time Australia have reached the knockout stage of the World Cup. Who knocked them out at the last-16 stage in 2006?

3. Cody Gakpo put Netherlands 1-0 ahead in all three of their group games at this World Cup. Who was the last player to score the opening goal in four separate matches at a single World Cup for Spain in 2010?

4. Lionel Messi created five chances in Argentina's 2-0 win over Poland, taking his tally to 63 in the World Cup overall. Since 1966, which of his compatriots is the only player to create more chances at the World Cup?

5. Matthew Leckie has been directly involved in two of Australia's three goals at the 2022 World Cup (one goal, one assist). Who are the only other two players to score and assist in a single World Cup for Australia?


1. Portugal.

2. Italy.

3. David Villa.

4. Diego Maradona (67).

5. Tim Cahill (two goals, one assist) and John Aloisi in 2006 (one goal, two assists).