"Matches of the day - 09 December"
By cy.Reporter, 09 December, 2022
Croatia-Brazil, quarter-final stage, knockout, stadium: "University", referee: Michael Oliver, 17:00, RIK2
Croatia: As in 2018
Croatia is in the quarter-finals after qualifying on penalties against Japan. With Brazil, he is the outsider, however, in 2018 he also reached the final of the tournament without a win in the normal duration of the knockout matches. In the team's competitive news, after qualifying against Japan the players had a three-day rest, while there are no significant absences.
Brazil: They are the favourites
Brazil impressed against South Korea and with 4-1 sent their own message to the rest of the World Cup competitors. With Croatia it is the favourite, as it has created an excellent tradition. On the racing front, there are problems for Tite, with the latest being Alex Sandro who is a doubt for the clash. Out are Teles and Jesus where they will miss the rest of the tournament.
Croatia: 4-3-3: Goal: Livakovic, Defenders: Juranovic, Guardiol, Lovren, Barisic, Midfielders: Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric, Forwards: Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic
Brazil: 4-2-3-1: Goal: Alisson, defenders: Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo, midfielders: Casemiro, Paquet, midfielders: Rafinha, Neymar, Vinicius striker: Richarlison
· In the last four World Cups, Brazil counts three eliminations from the round of 8
· There have been under 2.5 goals scored in four of Croatia's last five games in all competitions
· In their last five games in all competitions, Brazil have lost just once.
Netherlands-Argentina, quarter-final stage, knockout, stadium: "Lusail", referee: Antonio Mateu Laoth, 21:00, RIK1
Netherlands: Defeat tradition
After a 3-1 win over the USA, the Netherlands will meet the team that has denied them their dreams at several World Cups. Van Gaal's team wants the victory, in order to reach the top four of the institution and take another step to reach the final. In the team's competitive matters, there are no injury problems and everyone is available.
Argentina: Getting closer to the dream
After the 2-1 victory over Australia, Messi-led Argentina continues to dream of winning the World Cup. With the Netherlands, the tradition is on the side of Argentina and this is what the Albiceleste players want to repeat today. In the team's competitive matters, Papou Gomes has reduced chances to catch the match.
Netherlands: 3-4-1-2: Terma Noppert, defenders: Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, midfielders: Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind, midfielder: Klaassen, forwards: Gakpo, Depay
Argentina: 4-3-3: Goal: Martinez, defenders: Molina, Otamendi, Romero, Taliafico, midfielders: McAllister, Fernandez, De Paul, forwards: Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
· Argentina have only one loss in their last 40 games and that loss came against Saudi Arabia
· The Netherlands have one draw and four wins in their last five games
· One of Holland's last five matches has more than 2.5 goals.