Brazil Vs Croatia quarterfinal clash in the FIFA World Cup 2022 will set the stadium and sports viewers worldwide on fire on Friday, December 9,2022.
Croatia which is basking on a glorious run at the Qatar World Cup haven’t lost a single match in the tournament. It had two draws and one win in the group stage. In the round of 16, the team played a lovely game against Japan and defeated the Asian team on penalties to storm into the quarters.
Brazil on the other hand lost one match against Cameroon in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign. However, it stormed into the round of 16 with its win over Serbia. They defeated South Korea 4-1 in the Round of 16 match to secure their berth in the quarter-final.
Brazil vs Croatia – Brazil voted as the best team to win FIFA World Cup 2022
Brazil have been voted as the best team to win the tournament and might face either Argentina or the Netherlands in the semi-finals if they defeat Croatia. Croatia, on the other hand, finished second in the Russia World Cup.
Croatia and Brazil have met twice before in the World Cup and Brazil won both times, both in the group stage. Croatia has only ever defeated a South American team once, when they beat Argentina 3-0 in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.
Brazil Vs Croatia : When and where to watch
FIFA World Cup 2022 first quarterfinal Brazil vs Croatia will start at 8.30 PM IST. Viewers in India can watch the exciting match between Brazil and Croatia, on Sports18, Sports18 HD channels. Besides, viewers can the FIFA World Cup match on the Jio Cinema app and website for free.
Brazil has won the world cup 5 times
Brazilians have won the World Cup trophy five times, and are the favourites for the sixth time in the Qatar tournament. The Selecao had a smooth run in the Round of 16 match against South Korea with goals by Vinicius Jr., Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta.
In the past, Brazil was eliminated three times the last four competitions. To elaborate Brazil lost the quarter final matches in 2006, 2010, and 2018, to France, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Croatia made it to the finals of the FIFA World Cup last time around before losing to France in 2018 in the finals. This year, however, they have made it to the quarterfinals, but it wasn’t so easy. They have only one win in the tournament so far, a 4-1 group stage win over Canada, with three draws, and a win on penalties over Japan in the Round of 16. But one can note that they have not lost a game in the last 11 World Cup matches.
Match Spotlight – Brazil Vs Croatia today
- Quarterfinal 1
- Croatia vs Brazil
- Education City Stadium, 8.30pm
The quality of players in the middle of the park for this tie is incredible. Croatia have Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic – the trio central to everything they do on the field. Brazil, meanwhile, boast the likes of Neymar, Pacqueta and Casemiro. But here’s where the similarities end.
While Brazil’s midfield – in fact, their attackers overall – are young and pacy, Croatia’s ageing midfield comes into this match on the back of a tiring Round-of-16 encounter that went to penalties. While Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic control all play, they are also prone to leave vast spaces in the middle, which Brazil could easily exploit.
Brazil, because of their sheer quality, are also set to create more chances. So, it really comes down to whether the experienced Croatian midfield can keep a tight shape and smother the Brazilian machine so as to stop them from playing free-flowing football. On the other hand, if Brazil manage to isolate Croatia’s midfield, that’ll be battle half-won for them.