After stumbling against Cameroon, Brazil has returned to its usual form. They booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating South Korea 4-1. On the way to fulfilling Hexa’s dream, the last season’s runner-up Croatia is the obstacle in front of them. But Brazil won’t have much trouble securing that ticket if nothing goes wrong. The statistics, however, are in favor of Brazil. So far Selesaora has not lost any kind of match against Croatia.
Neymar’s Brazil will enter the field to confirm the semi-final at the Education City Stadium on Friday (December 9) at 9 pm.
The five-time world champions last lifted the trophy at ‘The Greatest Show on World Cup’ in 2002. After 20 years, Neymar passed through Qatar on the way to the Hexa Mission. After South Korea-Japan, they are only three games behind to lift the trophy in the second World Cup held in Asia.
Their first obstacle on the way is Croatia. However, the past statistics do not concern Tita’s disciples much. Brazil has won three of the four meetings between the two teams so far. The international friendly between the two countries in 2005 only ended in a 1-1 draw.
Brazil has faced Croatia twice in the World Cup, winning each time. And a total of four shows Brazil won three, one was a draw.
Brazil met Croatia for the first time in 2005. Both teams left the field with a 1-1 goal draw. The following year in 2006, the two teams played a match in the World Cup, Brazil won 1-0.
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Eight years later, in 2014, Brazil met Croatia again at home on the World Cup stage. Seleção won 3-1. In 2018, the two teams played a friendly match again. Brazil won 2-0.
Statistically, there is a relief for the Brazilians. Croatia’s weakness is also clear in this World Cup. Along with Japan, they passed Tenetune. After a 1-1 draw, they beat Japan 3-1 in the tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, the difference between the two teams in the FIFA ranking is 12 steps. However, Neymar has no chance to look down on the European team, which is undefeated in ten consecutive matches. They beat Argentina 3-0 in the last match. With Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, and Petrovic, the team has the ability to beat any team.