On Friday, the Education City Stadium will host the first match of the World Cup 2022 Quarter-Finals, featuring Brazil and Croatia. Here, check out what would happen if the Seleção triumph in this matchup.
Croatia will face 2022 World Cup front-runners Brazil in Friday’s opening quarter-final matches. After a brave effort against Japan, the 2018 World Cup runners-up advanced to the knockout round on penalties.
Up until this point, the Checkers’ efforts had been lackluster and slow. But it’s no secret that Zlatko Dalič’s team is notoriously difficult to break down and beat. Brazil’s four first-half goals, however, were enough to seal the deal against South Korea and advance from the round of 16.
The Seleço will be hoping that their performance, which saw several starters rested, will lead to further success. Meanwhile, Croatia have lost just once since crashing out of Euro 2020 last summer, so they have every reason to believe they can retain this fixture.
What would happen if Brazil beat Croatia in the Qatar 2022 Quarter-Finals?
In the event of a victory against Croatia, Brazil would progress to the tournament’s Semi-Finals for the first time since 2014. There, they would then play the winner of the Netherlands vs Argentina encounter. Tite’s side had to beat South Korea 4-1 to get to the Qatar World Cup Quarter-Finals. Meanwhile, the European outfit set up a meeting with the five-time World champions after overcoming Japan on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16.
If Neymar and co. can beat the Vatreni on Friday, December 9, they will have until Tuesday, December 13, to prepare for their next encounter. The Brazilians will have three days to prepare for either one of the two possible opponents. They last competed in a World Cup Semi-Final match, in 2014, when they suffered THAT loss to Germany with a final result of 7-1.