Japan face Croatia before Brazil face South Korea on day three of the 2022 World Cup knockout matches in Qatar.
The third day of the knockout stages of the Qatar 2022 World Cup is underway with two elimination matches scheduled for the 16th day of the tournament on December 5, 2022:
- Japan vs Croatia (Al Janoub Stadium, 6pm/15:00 GMT)
- Brazil vs South Korea (Stadium 974, 10pm/19:00 GMT)
Japan vs Croatia
In the World Cup that was held in Qatar, Japan knocked out two of the biggest weapons of the game in the group – they rested Germany and then Spain – and now they are looking at the Croatian team, the finalists of the World Cup 2018, who have never lost. the first knock-out game.
Croatia, the tournament favorites who have already produced two draws and a win to secure their place in the Round of 16, will need to contain the fast and destructive pace of the Samurai Blue on Monday evening.
Japan defender Kou Itakura has been suspended after picking up two yellow cards. It could be Croatia international and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric’s last game of his career if the small but mighty Adriatic nation cannot defeat an unsuspecting Japan.
The two teams have played twice in the World Cup. Croatia beat Japan 1-0 in the 1998 World Cup group stage; they later joined in 2006.
Brazil vs South Korea
As for the upsets, South Korea, fresh off a competitive 2-1 win over Portugal, will enter their first tournament in 12 years with their backs against the wall as they look to sink the five-time World Cup champions. Brazil.
Everything is at stake for the top-ranked Brazil team who entered the last 16 with wins over Serbia and Switzerland.
Brazil will have a strong boost from Neymar, who missed two games with an ankle injury against Serbia; the team struggled without him losing 1-0 to Cameroon.
Neymar trained with the team in Qatar on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday’s match at Stadium 974 will be the first World Cup clash between the two sides although Brazil have beaten the Taeguk Warriors in six of their last seven friendlies – their most recent coming in a 5-1 win in June.
I feel good, I knew I would
– Neymar Jr. (@neymarjr) December 3, 2022