Croatia faces five-time World Cup winners Brazil ahead of the Netherlands-Argentina match in Qatar on December 9.
Cata World Cup 2022 quarterfinals here.
The two highly anticipated elimination games are the set for Friday.
- Croatia vs Brazil (Education City Stadium, 18:00/15:00 GMT)
- Netherlands vs Argentina (Lusail Stadium, 10pm/19:00 GMT)
Croatia vs Brazil
“Brazil are the favorites, let’s face it,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told reporters in Doha on Tuesday. “Brazil is the strongest and best national team at the World Cup.”
Brazil Neymartemporarily sidelined after suffering a ankle injury against Serbia, shone in his comeback against South Korea, scoring his 76th goal. The Paris Saint-Germain forward is now just one goal away. by Pele 77 goals as Brazil’s all-time top scorer. Neymar, 30, could even score with Pele on Friday, when the team meeting around the legendary soccer player, 82 years old, who hospitalize last week got a respiratory infection in the middle of his battle with colon cancer.
Everything you see your favorite player do, Pelé has done first.
King of Footballpic.twitter.com/RqJPc4EJby
— (@Neymoleque) December 3, 2022
Croatia beat Japan 3-1 on the penalty spot in their first knockout match after draw 1-1 – of them third tie of the tournament, in addition to the fascinating game Canada 4-1 — going into Friday’s game with a huge loser, even though they second place at the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA fined Croatia 50,000 Swiss francs ($53,000) on Wednesday for verbal insults that Adriatic national fans inflicted on Canadian goalkeeper, Milan Borjan, during the two teams’ group stage clash.
Netherlands vs Argentina
Netherlandsis led by the league’s oldest coach, orange tie, 71-year-old “Iron Tulip” Louis van Gaalgoing into Friday’s game with Lionel Messi and company on the heels of a 19-match winning streak almost a week later expulsion USA in round 16.
Messi, who scored his first knockout goal in Argentina beat Australia 2-1, the ninth player in 23 World Cup games, will be looking to take on La Albiceleste legend Gabriel Batistuta as the team’s all-time leading scorer in Friday’s match. It’s not just do or die for Argentina – but for Messi as well. The soccer superstar, who has yet to lift the Coupe du Monde, is play in his thursday and potentially world finals.
The Netherlands have lost only once in their nine encounters against Argentina – the 1978 World Cup final in Buenos Aires. However, they have twice been defeated by Argentina in penalty shootouts, most recently in 2014 semi-finals goalless resulted in Argentina winning on penalties.