When Brazil and Croatia meet on Friday at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, they will continue their quest for glory at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The two teams will begin to play in the quarterfinals, where the winner will face either Argentina or the Netherlands in the semifinals. With their exhilarating performance against South Korea in the round of 16, Brazil, the five-time champions, sent a clear message to the rest of the competition.
Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta all scored in the first 36 minutes of the second half, giving the Selecao a four-goal lead. It enabled Brazil to shift into second gear for the majority of the second half, making it unquestionably their most balanced performance of the tournament.
After a couple of subpar performances on the group stage, it also brought to everyone’s attention why Tite’s men are the favorites to win a sixth-world title. The road to the last eight for Croatia has not been as straightforward. They needed penalties to defeat Japan in the final round after narrowly missing out on the group stage.
The Asians led just before the break when Daizen Maeda scored, but Ivan Perisic leveled the score with a header in the 55th minute. The Tottenham player now has six goals, making him level with the great Davor Suker as Croatia’s leading World Cup goal scorer.
The fact that neither side was able to select a winner within the allotted time resulted in exhausting extra time that did not resolve the dispute. Dominik Livakovic, a Croatian goalkeeper, was the star of the penalty shootout as he became only the third goalkeeper in World Cup history to save three spot-kicks.
Croatia vs Brazil Match Details :
- Croatia v Brazil
- FIFA World Cup 2022 quarter-finals
- Date – 09/12/2022
- Starting time – 20:30UTC
- Venue: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Croatia vs Brazil Prediction :
The normally reserved Tite joining in on dance celebrations during Brazil’s match against South Korea demonstrates a strong sense of team unity. Against the Koreans, the 61-year-old was able to rest several of his key players earlier than expected, giving them the energy they needed for their quarterfinal match.
Croatia has proven that they are the best at going the distance, and if they want to win against Brazil, the runners-up from 2018 will need to show their unwavering tenacity. In an effort to contain Brazil’s offensive threat, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is likely to emphasize compact defense.
However, in their current form, Neymar, Vinicius, and Richarlison can break any rearguard with confidence.
Prediction: Croatia 1-3 Brazil
Croatia vs Brazil Head to head :
The two sides will meet for the fifth time. Brazil has won three matches, with one match ending in a draw. Additionally, the South Americans won both of their previous World Cup matches against Croatia. Neymar is just two goals away from surpassing Pele as the all-time leading scorer for his nation. During the 2014 World Cup, he scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Croatia.
In their three World Cup penalty shootouts, Croatia has prevailed. Since 1990, Brazil has been eliminated from the World Cup five times by European opponents. In their last 20 international matches, Croatia has only lost one, winning 13 and drawing six.
Croatia vs Brazil Betting tips :
- Tip 1 – Brazil to win
- Tip 2 – Both teams to score
- Tip 3 – Over 2.5 goals
- Tip 4 – Highest scoring half: Second half
- Tip 5 – Neymar to score at anytime
Croatia vs Brazil Lineups :
- Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa;
- Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric;
- Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic
- Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo;
- Casemiro, Paqueta;
- Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr;
Croatia vs Brazil Where to Watch :
|Fox Soccer Plus, ViX
|Molotov, Free, L’Equipe, L’Equipe Web
|SONY TEN 3 HD, Sony LIV, SONY TEN 3
|JioTV, SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN 3, Sony LIV
|Sony LIV, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD