Croatia and Japan will square off for Qatar 2022’s FIFA World Cup Round of 16. But, what if the squad led by Luka Modric fails to beat the Japanese in this match?
The moment every football fan on Earth has been waiting for is finally here. It’s a win-or-go-home season, with only the top eight teams progressing to the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Unsurprisingly, Croatia reached the round of 16 after a pretty impressive display in the group stage, going from under to over after a draw with Morocco, followed by a big win over Canada and a crucial draw with Belgium.
Japan, on the other hand, shocked the world by beating Germany on their debut, before disappointing with a loss to Costa Rica. Remarkably, they still bounced back to beat Spain and progress to this stage.
Qatar 2022: What If Japan Beat Croatia In The Round Of 16?
Oddsmakers agree that Croatia should be favored to win this game, albeit not by a big margin. But then again, we’ve seen Japan beat the odds twice in this tournament already, so who’s to say they won’t do it again?
This is a win-or-go-home scenario for both teams. So, if Japan beats Croatia, they’ll move on to the quarterfinals to face the winner between Brazil and South Korea. Croatia, on the other hand, would be sent back home and eliminated from the competition.