Brazil, Croatia, to continue their hunt for glory

Brazil, Croatia, to continue their hunt for glory

Brazil and Croatia are two of the remaining eight teams who has the chance to claim the title for the 2022 World Cup. This is the quarterfinals already, so expect a whole new level of competitiveness and passion in this round. Winners of this match enters the semi-finals, a step closer for their goal- the 2022 World Cup title. Brazil are the top favorites to win this match, while Croatia cannot be underestimated as they are the runners-up last edition. Both teams will endeavor their hopes for the title, as they meet in a match that dictates their fate in the contest. These two teams meet on December 9, 2022, at 11:00 PM (GMT+8).

This meeting will be the fifth time these two teams meet, as Croatia remains winless against Brazil. During their past four matches, Brazil won three times, while the other ended in draw. Moreover, in the World Cup, for their past to meetings, it was the Brazil who always come out victorious. However, despite Brazil being at the advantaged, there are still points that may make them at the disadvantage. When it comes to penalty shootout, Croatia is doing well in that area, as they have won all they won their three penalty shootouts. Moreover, Brazil’s elimination in the contest since 1990 are all from European teams.

Brazil

World Cup: Brazil
Photo courtesy of AP Photo

Coming into this match, Brazil is aiming to extend their record as the nation who has the most title in the contest. During their match against South Korea in the knockout stage, they made the Koreans know why they are the five-time World Cup champions. It is a statement to the World that they are still as powerful as they were. That match is inarguably the best match by Brazil in this World Cup. Additionally, that match against the South Koreans is a proof why they are the the favorites to win the title this year. Confidence have been always the key to the success of Brazil, and this is what they will bring into this match. They are lucky though that their stars are able to preserve much-needed energy for this game.

This team is without Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles, as they are both ruled out for the rest of their World Cup campaign. This is after the knee injury these two stars sustained. Alex Sandro on the other will likely miss this match as well as he encounters hip problem.

Croatia

World Cup: Croatia

Croatia on the other hand, had a tough journey going into this stage as they needed penalties to enter the knockout stage. They almost got eliminated as early as the group stage, but they are lucky to reach this stage right now. When talking about penalty shootouts, Croatia is no longer new to that. In fact, they won all their three World Cup shootout. Going into this crucial and important match, the Croatians cannot afford to rely on penalties. Brazil is a tough team to beat, so Croatia needs to be all-out for this match.

No changes are seen to be made for this team, but they may be without Borna Sosa and Josip Stanisic. If ever Stanisic will be available in this game, he will replace Borna Barisic.

Prediction:

Brazil (1.5)
Odds: -0.87

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