FIFA World Cup 2022 | Croatia vs Brazil Preview & prediction | H2H Record | line-up

With a place in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2022 up for grabs 2018 runners-up Croatia take on five-time champions Brazil in a mouth-watering clash. 

The European side is still fresh from their giant-killing act from 2018 where they fell short at the final hurdle. Brazil on the flip side are looking to end its 20-year drought for a world title having last tasted success at the 2002 World Cup, coincidently also hosted by Asia.

Croatia vs Brazil Head to Head

Friday’s meeting between the sides will be the third time they meet in a World Cup match with the South American side winning both encounters. Overall they have met in four matches with the first match in 2005 and their recent encounter being just days before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which saw Croatia make the final.

The last World cup meeting between Brazil and Croatia was the opening match of the 2014 World Cup where Neymar scored a brace while Oscar scored the other goal in a 3-1 win. Croatia’s only goal that day was scored by Marcelo who is now in the twilight of his career. The 2006 meeting also came in the group stage where a Kaka goal settled the contest for Brazil as they came out victorious by a score of 1-0.

Croatia vs Brazil Head to Head

17 Aug 2005Croatia v Brazil1-1International Friendly 
13 Jun 2006Brazil v Croatia1-0FIFA World Cup 
12 Jun 2014Brazil v Croatia3-1FIFA World Cup 
03 Jun 2018Brazil v Croatia2-0International Friendly 

What happened in Group Stage?

Croatia were seen back in their old magic tricks as they won the penalty shootout against Japan in the Round of 16 by 3-1 after they initially drew 1-1 after extra time. Croatia are still unbeaten in the tournament and have lost only one of its 11 World Cup matches. A final-day draw against Belgium saw them reach the knockouts while they also drew against Morocco and won 4-1 against Canada.

Brazil were ruthless in their last match against South Korea and ran riot with a 4-1 win that saw them clinch their place in the last eight. The win also saw the return of Neymar to the team who missed Brazil’s defeat against Cameroon and the 1-0 win against Switzerland. The Samba boys had earlier won their opening contest by 2-0 with Richarlison’s brace that also saw the best goal of the tournament.

Group Standings


R16 Result

Japan 1-1 Croatia (Croatia win 3-1 on penalties)

Brazil 4-1 South Korea

Likely Suspensions

Croatia - Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric, Borna Barisic, Mateo Kovacic

Brazil – Fred, Eder Militao, Bruno Guimaraes

World Cup Record


Appearances6 (first in 1998)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)


Appearances22 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Croatia vs Brazil Predicted Lineup

Croatia (4-3-3): 

Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric; Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic 

Brazil (4-3-3):

Alisson; Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo; Paqueta, Casemiro, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr 

Croatia vs Brazil Date, kick-off time, and venue

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Quarterfinal encounter on Friday, December 9 will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST, 6:00 PM Local Time 


Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan


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