Brazil are favorites as they face their first big test of the 2022 World Cup when they take on the 2018 finalists in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Neymar and company produced one of the performances of the tournament when they toppled South Korea on Monday, scoring all four goals in the first half, and they will carry a sea of momentum having led their group before that as well.
Croatia, meanwhile, slipped into the knockout stages after finishing second in Group F and needed penalties to beat Japan in the round of 16, but has tournament knowledge having reached the final four years ago in Russia. .
The winner of this clash will play on Tuesday against the winner of Friday’s second quarterfinal between the Netherlands and Argentina.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this quarterfinal clash.
When is Croatia vs Brazil?
The game is scheduled to kick off at 3pm GMT (6pm local time) on Friday, December 9.
The quarterfinals will take place at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium.
How can I see it?
In the UK, the match will be broadcast live on BBC 1 and streamed live on the broadcaster’s BBC iPlayer app and website.
Croatian Borna Sosa missed the round of 16 clash against Japan through illness and, assuming he makes a full recovery, could return to the starting XI at left-back in Borna Barisic’s place. Josip Stanisic also missed the last game due to a muscle injury and his incorporation into the squad is in the offing.
Brazil boss Tite is unlikely to change his starting XI. Gabriel Jesús and Alex Telles have already been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, while Alex Sandro remains a doubt with a hip problem, in which case Danilo will once again be a substitute. Neymar emerged from South Korea’s victory unscathed after his ankle injury.
Croatia XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic
Brazil XI: Alisson; Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richard
Croatia – 2/17
Brazil – 4/11
Draw (after 90 minutes only) – 4/1
Brazil are on a roll and produced arguably half the tournament with their four-goal performance against South Korea, while Croatia may well be feeling the effects of fatigue after 120 minutes against Japan. Never discount the 2018 finalists and their never-give-up attitude, but the Selection and his wide range of offensive talent should be highlighted this time around. Brazil 2-0 Croatia.
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