Qatar 2022: What happens if Brazil lose to Croatia in the quarterfinals?

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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 lose this matchup.

Croatia will face 2022 World Cup favorites Brazil in the first quarter-final of the tournament on Friday. The 2018 World Cup runners-up are back at this stage thanks to a spirited performance that saw them advance to penalties against Japan.

The Checkered Ones haven’t been too impressive so far and have put in some slow efforts. However, Zlatko Galič’s players excel at being extremely difficult to break down and ultimately beat. Meanwhile, the four goals Brazil scored in the first half against South Korea were enough to seal the match and send them into the quarter-finals.

They were able to rest a few starters for this match and while most people are talking about their elaborately choreographed celebrations, the Seleço are hoping their actions will help them go even further. however, Croatia have only lost once since crashing out of Euro 2020 last summer, so they can feel optimistic about retaining that point. Despite the bookies favoring Brazil, this year’s World Cup has shown us that anything is possible.

What would happen if Brazil lose to Croatia in the Qatar 2022 Quarter-Finals?

Quite simply, if the Brazillian national soccer team suffer a defeat, they would be knocked out of the tournament in the Quarter-Finals and Croatia would move on to the next round. For the World Cup, the Knockout Round consists of one-game playoffs.

Therefore, there is no opportunity to win the series by taking game two. There is no room for a mistake in this win-or-go-home approach. For Tite’s squad to advance to the Semi-Finals where they would face one of the Netherlands or Argentina, the Seleção must win in regular time, after extra time, or triumph in a penalty series.

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