During the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup, Japan and Croatia will meet off. Japan won Group E, advancing to the round of 16. They won two of their three games for six points, defeating Germany (2-1) and then Spain (2-1), finishing first despite Costa Rica’s loss (1-0). Croatia placed second in Group F, earning a spot in the round of 16. Through a victory over Canada (4-1) with scoreless draws with Morocco and Belgium, they earned five points in three games. They placed second, one point ahead of Belgium, but two points behind Morocco.
|Date||Monday, Dec. 5|
|Time||10 a.m. ET|
|Location||Al-Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar|
|Live stream||fuboTV (Try for free)|
The Samurai Blue haven’t ever taken home a World Cup trophy, but they have been a constant since they first qualified in France in 1998. They’ve advanced into the round of 16 twice: in South Korea and Japan in 2002, when Turkey eliminated them, and in Russia in 2018, where Belgium defeated them. Ritsu Doan, a 24-year-old Freiburg winger, plays the side for Japan. During 131 minutes of playing football, he has assisted on two goals. Those two goals were scored during open play. He has completed three attempted five take-on and fired three shots, two of which found the target (66.67%). Additionally, he was able to provide his colleagues with three opportunities.
The Checkered Items have never won the World Cup, but then at Russia 2018, they did reach the championship game before falling to France. In France 1998, they also advanced to the semifinals but lost to France once more. Croatia’s key midfielder is Luka Modric. In 266 football minutes, the playmaker for Real Madrid, 37, has earned eight tackles. With the exception of Mateo Kovacic, that is greater than any of his colleagues (also eight). Six of his interceptions were successful. Modric excels most when he is focused on the ball, though. He has finally finished 162 of 187 passes (or 86.63%). Twelve of the forty-two that were placed in the final third were long balls.
Japan vs Croatia Prediction
Although Croatia fielded a squad that was far more skilled than Japan’s, they suffered more than they should have in the opening matches.
Pick Croatia 1, Japan 2.
In Qatar, Croatia was one of the underdogs, but the runners-up from last year have not dazzled. Given that Zlatko Dalic’s team is now rated 12th in the world and has a number of world-class players on their roster, the issue may arise when Zlatko Dalic’s team gains experience in the competition. One of the surprises of the tournament has been Japan, whose triumphs over international powers Spain and Germany have demonstrated that the Asians are really no pushovers. These same Blue Samurai have mastered the skill of having a powerful finish to games.