While Croatia had to go all the way to the penalty shootout to get past Japan, Brazil displayed their ruthless attacking style to dismantle South Korea in the round of 16.
Brazil will be keen to reach another World Cup semifinal when they take on Croatia in an intriguing quarterfinal contest at Education City Stadium on Friday. Both nations had to overcome Asian countries in the last round but in contrasting fashions. While Croatia had to go all the way to the penalty shootout to get past Japan, Brazil displayed their ruthless attacking style to dismantle South Korea in the round of 16. From this stage, any team will be confident of going the distance, hence both sets of supporters will be optimistic about their team’s chance of winning this match.
|Croatia vs Brazil||Key details|
|Venue||Education City Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||8:30 pm|
|Kickoff time in Croatia||4 pm|
|Kickoff time in Brazil||12 pm|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||6 pm|
Chasing a record-extending sixth world title, Brazil have so far lived up to the pre-tournament favourites tag. Even though the South American giants had their ups and downs in Group G, they topped the standings with six points to reach the knockout stage. It was in the last 16 when the much-talked-about Brazilian flair was on full display against an unfortunate South Korean side. Brazil were far too good for the Asian nation, as they eased their way to a 4-1 win. Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up Croatia could only manage a second-place finish in Group F with five points. Even though they will be buoyed by the win over Japan in the shootout, Croatia have to step it up to produce an upset against Brazil.
There are a few injury concerns both countries have to deal with ahead of this clash. Josip Stanisic and Borna Sosa missed the last match for Croatia. While they are both expected to be fit for the quarterfinal, it is still unclear whether they are fully recovered. Otherwise, they have more or less everyone fit and available. Meanwhile, Brazil have already received two big blows with Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles pulling out of the World Cup with injuries. There are also question marks over the participation of Alex Sandro. If he is not fit then Danilo will have to continue at the left-back position. It will also be interesting to see if Neymar, who returned from an injury in the last match, will be fit enough to play a second straight game.
Croatia possible line-up: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric, Kramaric, Perisic, Petkovic
Brazil possible line-up: Alisson, Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Richarlison
|Saudi Arabia||0-1 (W)|
|South Korea||4-1 (W)|
|Brazil beat Croatia||2-0|
|Brazil beat Croatia||3-1|
|Brazil beat Croatia||1-0|
|Croatia draw Brazil||1-1|
The FIFA World Cup match between Croatia and Brazil will take place at Education City Stadium on Friday at 8:30 pm IST.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Moreover, the match between Croatia and Brazil can be seen on HRTi, HRT 2 in Croatia; and GloboEsporte.com, NOW NET e Claro, SporTV, Globo, Canais Globo in Brazil.