World Cup 2022, Day 16: The round of 16 continues | World Cup Qatar 2022 News

Japan will face Croatia before Brazil plays South Korea on the third day of knockout round matches at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The third day of the World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 begins with two elimination games scheduled for the 16th day of the tournament on December 5, 2022:

  • Japan vs Croatia (Al Janoub Stadium, 18:00/15:00 GMT)
  • Brazil vs South Korea (Stadium 974, 22:00/19:00 GMT)
Japanese fans celebrate outside the stadium after their match against Spain.
Japan fans celebrate outside the stadium after their match against Spain which saw the Japanese team qualify for the World Cup round of 16. [Issei Kato/Reuters]

Japan vs Croatia

In the shock-filled World Cup in Qatar, Japan ousted two soccer superpowers in the group stage, paralyzing Germany and then Spain, and now sets its sights on a feisty Croatian squad, the World Cup runner-up of 2018, which he has never lost. a first game of the knockout phase.

Tournament favorites Croatia, who have already scored two draws and a win to secure their place in the round of 16, will need to contain the fast and devastating pace of Samurai Blue on Monday night.

Croatian Mateo Kovacic in action with Belgian Yannick Carrasco
Mateo Kovacic (centre) of Croatia in action against Belgium at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on December 1, 2022 [Stephane Mahe/Reuters] (Reuters)

The Japanese central defender Kou Itakura is suspended from the match after receiving two yellow cards. It could be the last game of Croatian captain and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric’s career if the small but mighty Adriatic nation cannot dominate an unpredictable Japan.

The two teams have met twice in the World Cup. Croatia beat Japan 1-0 in the 1998 World Cup group stage; then they drew in 2006.

Brazil vs South Korea

Speaking of upsets, South Korea, a tournament wild card and fresh off a stunning 2-1 win over Portugal, head into their first knockout round appearance in 12 years with their backs against the wall as they try to sink the five times World Cup champions. Brazil.

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Neymar from Brazil at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on November 24, 2022 [File: Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

However, everything is on the line for the top-ranked Brazilian team that reached the round of 16 with wins over Serbia and Switzerland.

Brazil will get a firepower boost from Neymar, who was sidelined for two games after picking up an ankle injury against Serbia; the team struggled without him in their 1–0 loss to Cameroon.

Neymar trained with the team in Qatar on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday’s match at Stadium 974 will be the first World Cup match between the two teams, although Brazil have beaten the Taeguk Warriors in six of seven friendlies, most recently during a 5-1 victory in June.

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