Croatia v Brazil & Netherlands v Argentina Match prediction along with some statistical facts
Brazil will endeavour to keep their hopes of lifting a record-extending sixth world title alive when they lock horns with Croatia in the first quarter-final match of the 2022 World Cup at Education City Stadium on Friday.
The match between the 2018 runner up Croatia and the five time title winner will be held today at 08:30 PM.
The Selecao sent out a statement to the rest of the tournament when they breezed past South Korea in the last 16 on December 6, while the Checkered Ones were pushed all the way by Japan before edging through on penalties.
For the second successive World Cup and for the third time in their history, Croatia will be competing in the quarter-finals on the biggest international stage after beating Japan 3-1 on penalties in the last 16 on Monday.
After Ivan Perisic cancelled out a first-half strike from Daizen Maeda, the two nations were forced into extra time and then penalties, but the Checkered Ones prevailed in the shootout with goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saving three of Japan’s four spot kicks to help Zlatko Dalic’s side book their place in the last eight.
Croatia are no strangers to drama at the highest level of international football, as they have been taken to extra time in seven of their last eight knockout matches at major tournaments since finishing third at their first World Cup finals back in 1998.
Four of Croatia’s last five knockout matches at the World Cup have gone to extra time and three of which have seen the Checkered Ones triumph on penalties- 4-2 defeat to France in the 2018 final is the only time during this run that a knockout game involving Croatia was decided in 90 minutes.
Dalic & co are unbeaten in their last 10 internationals and have lost only one of their last 20 games across all competitions since Euro 2020, but this impressive run is set to be tested by a high-flying Brazil outfit who head into Friday’s contest off the back of their best performance at this year’s tournament in Qatar against South Korea.
The Brazilian flair and swagger that football fans across the globe are accustomed to when watching the five-time world champions was on show on Monday, as Tite’s side sambaed their way into the quarter-finals courtesy of a 4-1 victory over South Korea in the last 16.
The Selecao raced into a four-goal lead within the first 36 minutes with Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta all on the scoresheet, before a stunning consolation strike from Paik Seung-ho gave the South Korean supporters something to cheer in the final 15 minutes.
Richarlison had already scored a goal-of-the-tournament contender with an acrobatic effort in the group stage, but he now has another to his name after finishing off an outrageously skilful team goal that epitomises Brazilian football and proves why Tite’s side have the credentials to go all the way in Qatar.
Richarlison (3 goals) is placed in the second position in the top goal scorer list of the ongoing tournament.
Later a day, Argentina and Netherlands will square off against each other in the second quarter-final match. The second quarter-final game between two-time title winner (Argentina) time runners-up (Netherlands) will held at 12:30 AM.
So, all eyes are on the Lionel Messi in the second quarter-final game
Here’re performances of Argentine legend in this world Cup:
- Messi, the Argentina forward has scored three goals in this World Cup.
- He is placed in second position along with five other players in tournament’s top goal scorer list.
- Earlier, he has played against Netherlands during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
- Messi’s current goal tally with the national team stands at 94. In World Cups, Messi has netted nine goals in 23 appearances.
In the second quarter-final; Davy Klaassen (2) and Denzel Dumfries (2) will in focus for thier super assists. The two have already shown thier brillance in prevous matches.