Brazil will play their 17th world cup quarter-final (their eighth successive one), which is stunning because this is the 22nd edition of the championship. As a stark contrast, Croatia will play their third quarter-final tonight.
Brazil and Croatia will head toward the match with the possibility of a semi-final clash against the winner of the Netherlands vs Argentina match. While Brazil have been pre-tournament favourites because of their excellent form and strength, Croatia will start the match as the underdogs.
Since placing third at their first World Cup finals back in 1998, Croatia has been involved in extra-time play in seven of their past eight knockout games at major championships. Since Euro 2020, they haven’t lost in any of their last 20 games across all competitions and have gone unbeaten in their last 10 international matches.
With their thrilling performance against South Korea in the round of 16, the Selecao made a strong signal to the rest of the competition.The five-time champions’ performance against the Asian team was their most complete one of the competition. It served as a reminder to everyone as to why Brazil are the favourites to win a sixth world cup.
Croatia vs Brazil match will be played on December 9 at 08:30 PM (Indian time) in the Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.