The round of 16 will have this interesting duel between Japan, the great surprise of the World Cup, and the last runners-up, Croatia. here we tell you all about the games they have played with each other in the past.
It is one of the most anticipated duels of the fans, who are anxiously waiting to see how far Japan will go, the big surprise of Qatar 2022, which awaits a tough fight with the last runner-up Croatia. Here we tell you all about the head-to-head battle between the two.
There is no longer any doubt that the big surprise of Qatar 2022 is Japan. The Asian team had a really tough group, sharing it with Germany, Spain (two world champions) and Costa Rica. They started with a win against the Germans and then lost to Costa Rica. All seemed lost, but a brilliant win against Spain saw them through to the round of 16.
Croatia had a quiet group stage. They didn’t struggle more than necessary in qualifying, but they didn’t put in a dazzling performance either. They did what was fair and necessary to finish second in a group that Morocco won brilliantly. They are also a complicated team and could pay dearly if Japan are careless.
Head-to-head of Japan and Croatia
These two rivals have met in a total of 3 games throughout history. One of them was in a friendly in 1997, with a 4-3 victory for Japan. The other two were in World Cups: Croatian victory in France 1998 by 1-0 and draw 0-0 in Germany 2006.