The 2022 World Cup in Qatar quarter-final will pit Croatia against Brazil on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at Education City Stadium. The players likely to suit up for each team in this knockout stage football match are listed below.
It will be the seventh time that the two teams have met. It’s no wonder Brazil would be favorites in any head-to-head match considering they have beaten Croatia three times already, compared to zero wins for the Checkered Ones. As for the remaining match, it ended in a draw.
On 3 June 2018, the Selecao beat the European side 2-0 in an international friendly. As this will be their first meeting since then, it promises to be an even more interesting showdown as it will decide who advances to the semi-finals where they will face off against the winner of the Netherlands vs. Argentina.
Croatia probable lineup
So far, the World Cup has been pretty injury-free for Croatia. Borna Sosa was sick and didn’t play in the penalty shootout triumph against Japan. Borna Barisic filled in for him and was booked while he was out, so he will likely be benched again now that Sosa is anticipated to be well.
Zlatko Dalic, meanwhile, must make a crucial offensive call. Bruno Petkovic, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja, and Andre Kramaric, the team’s four main attackers, have all been underwhelmed so far.
Croatia predicted starting XI:
Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic.
Brazil probable lineup
All of Brazil was pleased to hear that Neymar had a trouble-free return in Brazil’s victory over South Korea after he had missed Brazil’s last two Group G matches. Tite said the team wasn’t ready to take any chances with Alex Sandro before their match against South Korea, thus the Brazilian defender sat out the first two World Cup games.
Since Danilo was being forced to play out of position, his return for the quarters would relegate him to the bench. After such an impressive and exciting victory against South Korea, the remainder of the squad seems to be chosen for them automatically.