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Brazil vs Croatia in sports

Introduction

Brazil takes on Croatia in the first quarter final at the Education City Stadium on Friday, December 9, 2022. It will be an exciting encounter as the 5 time champions take on the 2018 runners up in their 5th encounter, all previously won by Brazil in Brazil vs Croatia.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Croatia
Brazil
Key battles to look out for 

Croatia

The Balkan country has limped into the quarter-finals with only 1 win in 4 in regular time. Their best game came against Canada, whom they beat 4-1 after going down a goal in the second minute. They had goalless draws in their other group games, which meant that they finished second in their group behind Morocco. Croatia took on Japan on in the round of 16, going on to beat them on penalties after an exhilarating 1-1 draw in regular time. Their best players have undoubtedly been their defenders, who kept two clean sheets and kept the relentless Japanese attack at bay. The standout player in the back line has been Gvardiol who has made key tackles and interceptions in all the games. Lovren and Livakovic have contributed immensely in defense, whereas Perisic has been a key member in attack with 1 goal and 2 assists, contributing to more than 50% of the team’s goals. Kramaric has contributed with 2 goals against Canada and will be a threat in attack. A worry for the team starts with the injury that Modric incurred during the team’s game against Japan, forcing him to be subbed off. The golden ball winner of the 2018 World Cup will be crucial to the Croatian midfield as a player and a leader. Overall the team has scraped through to reach this stage, but as seen at the past World Cup, they are very capable of causing an upset, so don’t rule them out just yet.

Brazil vs Croatia

Brazil

The Brazilians have lit up the world cup with their goals and their samba, painting the streets of Qatar yellow with happiness and joy. The team has won 3 out 4 games and only lost the 1 game where the squad was completely rotated after they secured knockout qualification. The Brazilians look fearless in attack and as solid as a rock in defense. The South Americans saw out the group stage with ease, winning their first two games and losing what seemed to be a dead rubber game for them. They went on to dismantle South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16. They put the game to bed in the 36th minute when they scored their 4th goal, all coming from different scorers. Richarlison has been the most important player in attack with 4 goals in 3 starts, only 1 behind tournament leader Mbappe. Vinicius Jr. has also played an important role in the attack with 1 goal and 2 assists, whereas Paqueta and Raphina have gotten in on the act as well by scoring and creating big chances. Neymar’s return to the squad and on the scoresheet is the biggest boost the team needed. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos look like they almost cannot be beaten, with the duo only conceding once when starting together, which too was a belter from well outside the box. Brazilian coach Tie has also made it a point to give every player a World Cup appearance, which was completed as he subbed keeper Alisson off for third choice keeper Weverton, indicating how good the squad is and how well their chemistry is with each other. The only worry for Brazil at the moment is their left back position, with both first-choice left-backs Telles and Sandro injured. Brazil will be flying high, with a nonstop attack against the Croatian defense and this should serve as an attacking masterclass for all.

Brazil vs Croatia

Key Battles 

The most important battle of the game will be Modric vs Casemiro, both of whom have been vital to their team’s midfield, be it converting possession or making progressive passes, Watching the ex Madrid teammates from the legendary Madrid midfield will be like a Thanksgiving feast at Christmas for all. Persic vs Militao will be important to the Croatian attack as they will look to exploit the Brazilian right side in their quest for goals. A natural left footed winger vs a right footed center back playing the right-back role could really show the chinks in the Brazilian armor. Another battle will be Richarlison vs Gvardiol, which will be important to the Brazilian cause. Gvardiol will look to win aerial battles as well as intercept any crosses coming into Richarlison because everything he touches inside the box looks to be going in. If Richarlison loses his man and is in on goal, consider it lights out for the European team.

Brazil vs Croatia

Conclusion

This will be an interesting contest in Brazil vs Croatia, almost like a David vs Goliath. Croatia has been renowned for being giant killers and could really step on the feet of the Brazilians, but on the other hand, Brazil looks ruthless. Based on these factors, we predict Brazil to win the encounter 3-1.

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