Qatar 2022: Why is Antony not starting for Brazil vs. Croatia?

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© Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesAntony of Brazil

Brazil take on Croatia in a crucial game for their FIFA World Cup aspirations at the Qatar 2022 quarterfinals, which is why many wonder why Antony is not in La Verde-amarela’s starting lineup.

So far, Brazil has lived up to expectations at Qatar 2022 – apart from a setback against Cameroon in the group stage final. However, Tite’s men now face a tough test on their World Cup journey.

La Canarinha will face Croatia today, Friday, November 9, for a place in the semi-finals. Brazil go into this match in good spirits having outscored South Korea four times in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, Croatia had to sweat it out to beat Japan on penalties.

In any case, there is no more room for error. Any mistake could prove fatal in this tournament, so Brazil should not underestimate this game. However, many wonder why Antony is on the bench.

Qatar 2022: Why is Antony not starting for Brazil vs. Croatia?

Just like he did in previous games, Brazil coach Tite chose to start Vinicius Junior and Raphinha on the wings, which is why Antony doesn’t have a spot in the lineup. The Manchester United star, however, could come on in the second half.

Will Brazil manage to beat Croatia even with many renowned stars on the bench?

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