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2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan 1-1 Croatia Replay

Published at :December 6, 2022 at 1:30 AM
Modified at :December 6, 2022 at 5:26 AM
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Joseph Biswas


Hello and welcome to the live blog for Japan vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2022, Round OF 16 match at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.

Japan are a team to be feared of at the moment after they topped the group of death in this year’s World Cup. Amazing performances by the Japanese against tough teams like Spain and Germany, saw them finish the group with six points and make their way into the round of 16. The thing that has been the most impressive about the Samurai Blue, is their attitude and their passion. In both their wins, they made an incredible comeback after conceding first.

The Croatians on the other hand, cannot be counted out under any circumstances. The Vatreni didn’t play their best football against the Belgians and were lucky to not concede.

Croatia are still unbeaten in the World Cup and have been at times pretty impressive with their attacking prowess. Though their performances have been a little inconsistent and they have looked defensively shaky at times, Zlatko Dalic’s men will surely give Japan a run for their money in their upcoming clash.

Japan Form (all competition): D-L-W-L-W

Croatia Form (all competition): W-W-D-W-D

Players to Watch

Japan

Ritsu Doan

The Freiburg midfielder has been pretty impressive and crucial against both Japan and Germany and played a major role in his country’s triumph. He has scored 2 goals in this competition so far and has been one of the best performers for Japan in this World Cup. Apart from his goals, his passing and prowess in the midfield further benefits the team.

Croatia

Mateo Kovacic

With exceptional ball control and topmost playmaking abilities, it's fair to say that Kovacic is a beast in the midfield. His inert presence in both the attacking and defensive halves of the game is something Croatia use to their advantage. Against Japan as well, his contribution is going to be significant, as Japan often leave spaces in their defensive line, and with Kovacic’s abilities, Croatia can look to exploit the Japanese.

Head-to-Head stats

Matches: 3

Japan: 1

Draws: 1

Croatia:1

Predicted lineup

Japan predicted XI (3-4-3): Gonda, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Taniguchi, Ito, Morita, Tanaka, Doan, Asana, Maeda, Kamada

Croatia predicted XI (4-3-3): Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brazovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic

Prediction

We can all expect a cracking and high-scoring contest, as both teams are attacking strong and will look to outscore the others. The game will be decided in the midfield, as the team that wins the midfield battle over the other, will definitely have an upper hand over the other.

Croatia are going to create a lot of pressure on the Japanese and get a number of chances, but the Japanese are going to edge a win against the Croatians. Their extreme pace and high-intensity gameplay are going to help them oversee this Croatian side.

Prediction: Croatia 2 – Japan 1

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