Croatia and Brazil meet in the first of the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals as they prepare for their respective toughest tests of the tournament so far.
Croatia finished runners-up in their group and required penalties to knock out Japan, but now have a huge task in trying to beat the tournament favourites.
Brazil have steamrolled much of the opposition they have faced with their first team, most notably against South Korea in the last-16 when they swept aside the Asian outfit with a 4-1 victory.
Neymar returned for Brazil in a 4-1 hammering of South Korea in the last-16 of the World Cup
Brazil have never lost to Croatia but can expect a much tougher test against the European side who reached the final of the World Cup four years ago.
With the clash fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below.
When is Croatia vs Brazil?
Croatia and Brazil will battle for a semi-final spot where they will face the winner of Holland vs Argentina. The game will start on Friday at 3pm GMT, 10am EST in the USA and on Saturday at 1am for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Friday December 9
Time: 3pm (UK time), 10am (US EST), 1am – Dec 10 (AUS EST)
How to watch the match
The Croatia vs Brazil game will be aired live on BBC One and can be screened on the BBC iPlayer for UK viewers. Welsh viewers will also be able to watch the game on S4C.
US based World Cup fans can view the match on Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports website with a valid login. Telemundo and Peacock will also be screening the game.
Australian fans can watch the game for free on SBS, including the live stream.
UK: BBC One and BBC iPlayer
US: Fox Sports, Telemundo and Peacock
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
The game will be aired live on BBC and streamed on BBC iPlayer for viewers in the UK
Where is Croatia vs Brazil being played?
Croatia vs Brazil will take place at the Education City Stadium – which is located in Al Rayyan.
The stadium has a capacity record of 44,667, which came in the previous round when it hosted Morocco’s shock last-16 win over Spain.
This will be the last game staged at the ground before it is reduced to a 25,000-capacity stadium after the tournament.
Location: Al Rayyan, Qatar
Stadium: The Education City Stadium
The Education City Stadium will be hosting its last World Cup game between Croatia and Brazil
Croatia vs Brazil: Team news
Brazil boss Tite has a decision on the fitness of full-back Alex Sandro who has missed the last two matches with a hip injury, but insists he will not gamble, hinting he will keep Danilo in the team.
Fred could return to the starting XI to add more protection to the midfield after he lost his place to the returning Neymar. Lucas Paqueta could be the player to make way.
Croatia meanwhile could welcome back Borna Sosa following illness after he missed the shootout win against Japan.
Luka Modric will be key for Croatia if they are to defeat World Cup favourites Brazil on Friday
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic, Ivo Grbic.
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic, Josip Sutalo.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakic, Luka Sucic.
Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja.
Danilo could keep his place in the side with Brazil not willing to risk Alex Sandro’s fitness
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Weverton.
Defenders: Dani Alves, Danilo, Alex Sandro, Bremer, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva.
Midfielders: Bruno Guimaraes, Casemiro, Everton Ribeiro, Fabinho, Fred, Lucas Paqueta.
Forwards: Antony, Gabriel Martinelli, Neymar, Pedro, Raphinha, Richarlison, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior.
The sides have only ever played on four occasions since Croatia gained independence in 1991 – with two of them coming during the World Cup. Brazil have won three of meetings and are undefeated.
Their first encounter in 2005 was a friendly that ended 1-1, before they met in the group stage of the World Cup a year later in Germany where Kaka scored the only goal a minute before half-time.
The next contest was also a World Cup clash when Brazil and Croatia played the opening game of the 2014 tournament hosted by the South Americans. Despite a strong Croatia display, they were beaten 3-1, with an own goal from Marcelo seeing Neymar respond with two strikes before Oscar added a third in the last minute.
Their most recent meeting was a friendly on the eve of the last World Cup in Russia four years ago when goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw them run out 2-0 winners.
Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup held by them
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9
Croatia vs Brazil
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SATURDAY DECEMBER 10
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