Brazil will be eyeing a place in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup as they take on Croatia on Friday.
Neymar and his team-mates were on red-hot form as they defeated South Korea in the last-16 on Monday, scoring four first-half goals, and will be striving to reach the final four having been knocked out at the quarter-final stage four years ago by Belgium in Russia.
Croatia were finalists in 2018 and will not be fazed by the Brazilians, though it is a relatively quick turnaround after needing 120 minutes and penalties to squeeze past Japan in their last-16 tie on Monday.
The winner of this clash will play the victor of Friday’s second quarter-final between the Netherlands and Argentina on Tuesday.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of this quarter-final clash.
When is Croatia vs Brazil?
The game is scheduled to kick off at 3pm GMT (6pm local time) on Friday 9 December.
The quarter-final will take place at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
How can I watch it?
In the UK, the match will air live on BBC 1, and it will stream live on the broadcaster’s BBC iPlayer app and website.
Croatia’s Borna Sosa missed the last-16 clash against Japan due to illness and, assuming a full recovery, he could return to the starting XI at left-back instead of Borna Barisic. Josip Stanisic also missed the last game due to a muscle injury and his inclusion in the squad is touch-and-go.
Brazil boss Tite is unlikely to change his starting XI. Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have already been ruled out of the rest of the tournament while Alex Sandro continues to be a doubt with a hip issue, in which case Danilo is set to deputise once more. Neymar came through the South Korea win unscathed following 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; Richarlison
Croatia – 17/2
Brazil – 4/11
Draw (after 90 minutes only) – 4/1
Brazil are on a roll and produced arguably the half of the tournament with their four-goal showing against South Korea, while Croatia could well be feeling the effects of fatigue after 120 minutes against Japan. Never count out the 2018 finalists and their never-say-die attitude, but the Selecao and their vast array of attacking talent should come out on top on this occasion. Brazil 2-0 Croatia.
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