Match 58: Croatia vs. Brazil [QF]

Discussion in 'World Cup 2022 - Knockout Stage' started by Paul Calixte, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    Croatia

    v.

    Brazil


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    Doha (Education City Stadium)
    Dec 9, 2022
    6 pm - Qatar
    3 pm - London (GMT)
    10 am - New York City​
     
  2. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
    Staff Member

    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Honest q: will Croatia even have the legs? They've looked gassed since the 2nd half against Belgium....
     
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  3. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    I really hope Croatia can win this one. They definitely have the quality and just need to be at their BEST!
     
  4. Copadobrazil014

    Jul 8, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    #4 Copadobrazil014, Dec 5, 2022
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2022
    These guys love the extra time grind... no team has played more extra time in the past two tournaments lol. Get ur money's worth they are almost guaranteeing 120 minutes... pks in 3 out of the 5 last ko games. They are pk masters now... Germany has passed the torch
     
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  5. Century's Best

    Century's Best Member+

    Jul 29, 2003
    USA
    They can win, of course. While they did look tired, they managed to stay alive in the competition, and they will have the same amount of time to rest as Brazil will. If they score early, Brazil may be in trouble.
     
  6. tripwire

    tripwire Member+

    Sep 23, 2012
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Croatia will look to grind and lull to sleep. Brazil just have to be patient and confident.
     
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  7. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    I was surprised to see us so confident going to pks, in 2018 we had 2 but without any control it was close against Denmark and close against Russia.This time we really bossed it, Livakovic loves these.
    It's good to know also that we can finish a match with half of the team subbed.

    I think we will be ready for the challenge. We will try to take Brazil where Serbia for an half Time and Switzerland for 75 minutes took them. We won't play the match South Korea gave them.
     
  8. JoCryuff98

    JoCryuff98 Member+

    Barcelona
    Netherlands
    Jan 3, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Brazil will destroy them.
     
  9. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member+

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    Only a 1st tier UEFA side can stand up against Brazil and beat them.

    I don't count Croatia among them.
     
  10. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    I think the psychological aspect of the game is underrated here.
    Croatia doesn't like the pressure to have something to lose, against Marocco Canada, Belgium at 3 points and Japan in round 16 we were the team that had the pressure to lose.

    Now we will have our LB back and the position we like to have. We will close the spaces as long as possible and trust that Lukita Brozo or Kovacic gives "the Key pass" that changes the game.
    This match will be way Closer than everybody thinks.
     
  11. Purger

    Purger New Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    This match can go one of two ways, either it will be a very even and tough duel that Brazil will win in the end, probably with some wind at the back from the referee, or Brazil scores early and Croatia falls apart and ends up worse than Korea did. The later option is much more likely. There are too many flaws in Croatian team in this world cup. Despite being unrightfully granted player of the match 2 times, Modric is a shadow of his Real Madrid form, he's just not that decisive factor for Croatia that he used to be. Brozo has probably been the worst in the team, for 4 matches consecutively. No lungs or legs to compete at that pace and too much mistakes on passes. But the biggest chance for Brazil is Juranovic. Just not the NT level player, too scared and mistake prone in defense, and just slightly better in offence (but also useless because of non-existing sterile Croatian attack).
     
  12. palynka

    palynka Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    The Croatia from 2018 would have won this. For the current one it will be a tall order. Not impossible obviously, but they'll need to be perfect.
     
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  13. celito

    celito Moderator
    Staff Member

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    I am not complaining. Hoping for an easy outing.
     
  14. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
  15. Philip J. Fry

    Philip J. Fry Member+

    Mexico
    Jun 12, 2013
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    I expect a Croatian bunker, at least at the beginning.
     
  16. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  17. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    How many Croatians do you guys reckon are watching right now??

    95% of the population??
     
  18. pogoss

    pogoss Member

    Wydad Casablanca
    Morocco
    Jan 15, 2017
    Japan
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Morocco
    go Croatia !
     
  19. pogoss

    pogoss Member

    Wydad Casablanca
    Morocco
    Jan 15, 2017
    Japan
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Morocco
    aaah Perisic !
     
  20. Century's Best

    Century's Best Member+

    Jul 29, 2003
    USA
    You earlier listed Spain as such a team yet Spain couldn't beat Morocco.

    It must be fun to make such sweeping statements by pointing to several teams of a continental confederation. That way, it reduces the odds of your prophecies ever failing.
     
  21. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Croatia dont look intimidated at all
     
  22. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Houston Dynamo
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd say maybe more like 150%... erm, some people watching on multiple screens...
     
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  23. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Brazil are giving them way too much space in MF
     
  24. pipinogol

    pipinogol Member+

    May 20, 2016
    Club:
    Cary RailHawks U23
    This ridiculous 4-2-4 doesn't work against a team that can string three passes, this isn't 1970.
     
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  25. Myshoe

    Myshoe Member

    May 25, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Croatia have been really impressive in the middle of the park, they just need to continue to keep Brazil at arms length and try to produce something magical in the last third.
     

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