QATAR. Only ten points cover the first 38 players in The Moodie Davitt Report’s thrilling readers’ competition dedicated to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, brought to you in association with Qatar Duty Free.

This follows Morocco’s penalty shootout win over Spain and Portugal’s thumping 6-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Alan Mathew from UAE-based travel retail distributor V Group has maintained his lead by two points over Ground Control owner Kevin Zajaxour long-time front-runner. Behna Dehghani has moved up a place to third on 49 points having picked both results correctly (but not the exact scores).

Five contenders sit on 48 points, including John Chapman, CEO of Airport Retail Enterprises in Brisbane; Hannes Koch of Travel Retail Cooperation; Marcel DeBellis from Beler Holdings in Canada; Joost Korver from Knock Out and Charles Roullet from Campari.

One point behind on 47 are Mark Lane of The Moodie Davitt Report; Graeme Stewart from Luggage-Point; Peyman Naderi and veteran Moodie Davitt Report competition entrant (and winners) and Tim Jobber of JES Travel Retail (who has rocketed up our leaderboard from 59th just five days ago to equal ninth).

Caroline South of Caroline South Associates picked up a point to remain our leading woman with 46 points, just one ahead of Clarisse Daniels of Whyte & Mackay. Full leaderboard (top 50) below.

All participants should now submit their predictions ahead of the quarter finals.

The four matches are:

Croatia vs. Brazil
Netherlands vs. Argentina
Morocco vs. Portugal
England vs. France

*Important note: Penalty Shootouts

Now that the tournament has reached the knockout stage, extra time and penalties come into play.

Predictions are counted for the full match whether that’s 90 minutes or 120 minutes for a match that goes to extra time. When a penalty shootout occurs, the result of the shootout will count toward the correct result (so a prediction of Team A to win the match will award a point if they win via a penalty shootout). However, if a draw was predicted then the player will receive either 1 point for predicting a draw but the wrong score, or 3 points for predicting a draw and the right score, irrespective of whichever team proceeds to win on penalties.

As reported, Qatar Duty Free is providing great prizes as excitement builds both for the competition and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 itself, which has already thrown up plenty of thrills and upset results.

Also as reported, Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has been named as Official Retail Store for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The agreement includes a licence to exclusively sell all related merchandise in the fan zones and at all eight stadiums.

QDF also just opened a FIFA store at Hamad International Airport’s magnificent new expansion, inaugurated on 10 November.

The new FIFA store at Hamad International Airport, opened ten days before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicked off

Additionally The Moodie Davitt Report is providing charity-based prizes for first, second and third individual contestants with cash donations of US$500, US$300 and US$200 paid to a charity of their choice.

The competition, open to anyone involved in the aviation and travel retail sectors (mandatory), is based on match predictions for the 32 teams in a group stage and knockout format. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 concludes on 18 December with the World Cup Final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

The rules are simple. Qualified readers make a score prediction in each of the matches, and are awarded points based on the accuracy of their predictions. You receive 3 points for an exact score prediction and 1 point if you predict the right result (win or draw) without getting the score correct.

Predicting is simple – scroll down to select a score for each match throughout the group, knockout and final phases. Predictions will automatically save the moment you make them, while you will be able to enter or modify your scores up to ten- minutes before each match kick-off.

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