Japan will face Croatia earlier than Brazil performs South Korea on the third day of knockout-round matches on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The third day of the Qatar 2022 World Cup’s knockout levels will get underneath method with two elimination video games scheduled for the sixteenth day of the event on December 5, 2022:
- Japan vs Croatia (Al Janoub Stadium, 6pm/15:00 GMT)
- Brazil vs South Korea (Stadium 974, 10pm/19:00 GMT)
Japan vs Croatia
Within the upset-filled World Cup in Qatar, Japan has toppled two soccer superpowers within the group levels — paralysing Germany and later Spain — and now units their sights on a scrappy Croatian squad, the 2018 World Cup runners-up, who’ve by no means misplaced a primary knockout-stage recreation.
Croatia, event favourites who’ve already netted two attracts and a win to safe their spot within the Spherical of 16, might want to include the speedy and devastating tempo of the Samurai Blue on Monday night.
Japanese centre-back Kou Itakura is suspended from the sport after choosing up two yellow playing cards. It could possibly be Croatian skipper and Actual Madrid midfielder Luka Modric’s remaining recreation of his profession if the small however mighty Adriatic nation can’t overpower an unpredictable Japan.
The 2 groups have performed one another twice on the World Cup. Croatia slipped previous Japan 1-0 within the group levels of the 1998 World Cup; they later drew in 2006.
Brazil vs South Korea
Talking of upsets, South Korea, a event wildcard and scorching off a blinding 2-1 win over Portugal, head into their first knockout-round look in 12 years with their backs in opposition to the wall as they try and sink five-time World Cup champions Brazil.
The whole lot, nonetheless, is at stake for the top-ranked Brazilian facet who coasted into the final 16 with wins over Serbia and Switzerland.
Brazil could have a lift of firepower from Neymar, who was sidelined for 2 video games after sustaining an ankle damage in opposition to Serbia; the workforce struggled with out him of their 1-0 loss to Cameroon.
Neymar practised with the workforce in Qatar on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday’s recreation at Stadium 974 would be the first World Cup contest between the 2 sides although Brazil have bested the Taeguk Warriors in six of seven pleasant matches — their most up-to-date coming throughout a 5-1 victory in June.
I really feel good, I knew that I’d now
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) December 3, 2022