The FIFA World Cup 2022 is going crazy. The Japanese team conquered the group of death, and now they have moved on to the round of 16. Asia's top team is currently battling Croatia to secure their spot in the quarterfinal of football's biggest tournament. Japan and Croatia will go head-to-head on Monday afternoon at Al Janoub Stadium.
Not to mention, Japan booked their spot in the last 16 with a surprising 2-1 comeback victory over Spain. So, the match between Japan and Croatia will be pretty interesting to watch. Fans from both sides have begun supporting their time and are hoping their nation to win.
So, here is everything you need to know about the knockout games between Japan and Croatia in FIFA World Cup 2022.
Round of 16 Japan vs. Croatia Match Preview: Head-to-Head & Team History
- Japan and Croatia are facing each other for the 3rd time in World Cup.
- The Japanese squad has won both of their 2022 world cup games against European countries (Spain and Germany).
- Japan is playing in the round of 16 of the World Cup for the fourth time.
- The 2022 World Cup is Croatia's third time playing in the knockout stage.
- Croatia has also made it to the semifinal on each of the previous two occasions.
Japan vs. Croatia Possible Lineup at Knockout Stage
Japan's Possible Lineup (3-4-3): Shuichi Gonda, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Ito, Junya Ito, Wataru Endo, Ao Tanaka, Yuto Nagatomo, Ritsu Doan, Takuma Asano, Daichi Kamada
Croatia's Possible Lineup (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic, Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gcvardiol, Borna Sosa, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Livaja, Ivan Perisic
Players To Watch at Japan vs. Croatia
In the 2022 World Cup, Japan stunned the world with its incredible wins against Germany and Spain. The Japanese team is pretty strong, and they aim to secure a spot in the quarterfinal for the first time in their football history. Jaime Moriyasu's team is strong, and their key players are Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Ritsu Doan.
Japan vs. Croatia Prediction, Scorecard, Betting Odds: Who Will Win?
It's evident that Japan's results in the 2022 World Cup have been wildly unpredictable. The Japanese squad has perfected the art of finishing matches strongly, scoring all four goals in this tournament after the first half.
Likewise, Croatia boasts a midfield similar in technical quality to Spain's. This may be the chance for the Croatian team to grow. As we know, this tournament has been unpredictable, and anything can happen.
We Predict: Japan 2-1 Croatia
Also, some people say Croatia will win the game. 46% of football fans are on the Croatian side, while 25% are on the Japanese side. Meanwhile, 29% predict the game to end draw, and they will battle in penalty.
Betting Odds: Japan to win: 10/9
Croatia to win: 14/5
How To Watch Japan vs. Croatia? Kickoff Time, Stadium, Tickets
Many tv channels will broadcast the game between Japan and Croatia. fuboTV will also show their game. Besides, tickets for this game are available on many platforms, including FIFA.com.
Kickoff Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
Date: Monday, December 5
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar