Neymar will face his longtime rival Luka Modric from Real Madrid in the first quarterfinal game between Brazil and Croatia.
Brazil’s first-half barrage of goals destroyed South Korea 4-1, allaying any concerns about their lackluster group-stage results. Meanwhile, Croatia defeated Japan on penalties, continuing their inconsistent World Cup campaign that has seen three draws and only one triumph.
Nevertheless, Croatia has advanced to the quarterfinals of a FIFA tournament for the second time in a row, following up their presence in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final with a position in the quarterfinals in 2022. Given their plethora of experience, Croatia will be a difficult opponent.
Croatia vs Brazil: Quarter-final Highlights
Brazil leads Croatia 4-2 in the eighth penalty, which Marquinhos CRUSHES INTO THE BASE OF THE LEFT-HAND POST. Croatia has qualified for the World Cup semifinals!
Orsic scores the seventh penalty, fresh off of his assist, into the side netting. Brilliant. Brazil needs a goal. Brazil 4-2 Croatia
Pedro mocks his naivety by sitting Livakovic down to score on the sixth penalty. Brazil 3-2 Croatia
In the fifth penalty, Modric casually trots up. puts it in the corner and sends Alisson in the opposite direction. Very good. Brazil 3-1 Croatia
Fourth foul: Casemiro is in the air. Again, Livakovic makes a good judgment, but the penalty is excellent. Brazil 2-1 Croatia
Third penalty: Majer, a replacement, shoots it straight down the middle! Brazil loses against Croatia 2-0.
Second infraction: a protracted, winding run by Rodrygo… Saving by Livakovic! To his left, downward
Brazil is the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, and they proved it by thrashing South Korea in the Round of 16. But in their Friday quarterfinal matchup, the Selecao will face a cunning Croatian team that reached 2018 final and is expected to make things challenging for them.
At the end of the regular period, Croatia defended admirably throughout this game. Brazil has taken 15 attempts, eight of which have been on target, but the only thing that matters is the score of 0-0. With a total of 28 fouls, things have become a little heated, but right now, fitness and exhaustion will be key factors. Croatia only needs one shot to score in this semifinal match—Brazil has more opportunities.
Brazil has advanced more, but some fatigued legs are beginning to show. It appears that Croatia is only hunkering down defensively; therefore, it appears that either Brazil or penalty kicks will decide this match.
In what can only be called a 2v6, Croatia came close to scoring on a counterattack. The score remains 0-0 as Croatia’s attempt misses the net.
Croatia is putting balls into the box and finding space in the 111th minute, but Brazil is quickly shutting things down.
Croatia vs Brazil Score
|18:00||Croatia||1(4)-1(2)||Brazil||9th Dec at Education City Stadium.|
Croatia 2022 FIFA World Cup
|Goalkeeper||Dominik Livakovic, Ivo Grbic, Ivica Ivušić.|
|Defenders||Josip Stanišić, Borna Barišić, Martin Erlić, Dejan Lovren, Borna Sosa, Joško Gvardiol, Domagoj Vida, Josip Juranović, Josip Šutalo.|
|Midfielders||Lovro Majer, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović, Nikola Vlašić, Mario Pašalić, Luka Sučić, Kristijan Jakić.|
|Forwards||Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Marko Livaja, Bruno Petković, Ante Budimir, Mislav Oršić.|
Predicted Croatia XI (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic
Brazil 2022 FIFA World Cup Squad
Neymar is the best player on Brazil’s football team and will go down in history as one of the finest attackers of the modern era. Thiago Silva is the Captain of the Brazilian football team.
|Goalkeeper||Alisson (Liverpool), Weverton (Palmeiras), Ederson (Manchester City)|
|Defenders||Dani Alves, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Bremer, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva.|
|Midfielders||Casemiro, Everton Ribeiro, Bruno Guimaraes, Fabinho, Fred, Lucas Paqueta.|
|Forwards||Antony, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Neymar, Pedro, Raphinha, Rodrygo, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr.|
Predicted Brazil XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius; Richarlison