Japan will try to continue their giant-slaying form as they take on Croatia in the last-16 of the 2022 World Cup. Japan showed dominance in their group games as they finished above European giants, while Croatia escaped early exit after holding on to a win before an underwhelming stalemate in the final group game. Don’t miss football prediction for tomorrow and more!
Khalifa International Stadium, Doha city, Qatar
November 23, 2022, Wednesday 9:00 PM (GMT+8)
Japan will head to their third consecutive last-16 match at the World Cup, their fourth overall, with a remarkable win against Spain 2-1 that made them group winners after winning two games and losing to only one. They ended four-time world champions Germany’s World Cup berth after beating them 1-2 in the opening game and winning the game against another European giant.
World Cup appearances: 7
Goals Scored: 24
Current FIFA ranking: 24
Best finish: Last-16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
Meanwhile, Croatia knocked out second-ranked Belgium in the tournament despite the goalless draw in their final game, finishing behind group winners Morocco to reach this stage of the competition, their second-highest best since being the 2018 runners-up. They will head to this game unbeaten in 9 games, winning 6 and drawing 3 since their Nations League loss to Austria 0-3. Read more for soccer prediction.
World Cup appearances: 6
Goals Scored: 39
Current FIFA ranking: 12
Best finish: Runners-up (2018)
This will be the third time that these sides will meet in history. Croatia beat Japan 0-1 in their first ever clash in the 1998 World Cup, while the most recent game saw them share spoils 0-0 in the 2006 World Cup.
Japan 1 – 2 Croatia
Croatia will win. Both teams will score.
Japan 2.07 – Draw 3.20 – Croatia 3.95
FT.HDP – Croatia 0.5
(Odds might change without prior notice)
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