The National Teams of Japan and Croatia they challenge each other this monday in the Al Janoub Stadium for the ticket to Quarterfinals of the World Cup Qatar 2022duel in which the Asians, capable of surprising Germany and Spain, want to continue making history and in which the current runner-up in the world You need to improve your performance to stay alive.
Before the ball began to roll, nobody was betting on them in the Group Ebut the ‘blue samurai’ they have forcibly earned the status of great revelation of the World Cup. In their debut, they did not give up after Ilkay Gundogan advance half an hour to the ‘Mannschaft’ and they reacted with the goals of Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano (1-2).
Costa Rica managed to appease his euphoria (0-1), completely unleashed last Thursday by beating Spain (2-1) and tie, against all odds, the first position of the group considered that of “death”. Once again, the Japanese team recovered after a goal against alvaro morata and in ten minutes He managed to turn the crash around.
Only two selections in history –Brazil in 1938 and West Germany in 1970– they had accomplished the feat of win in the same World Cup two games in which they had left behind at half-time, and both reached the semifinals of those appointments. Before, Japanwithout the sanctioned Ko Itakura and with the doubt of the Real Sociedad player, Take Kubo, due to indisposition, you must sign another milestone: reach the Quarterfinals for the first time.
To do this, they will have to follow the plan of Hajime Moriyasuwhich has made the team exploit the speed of their bands and revolutionize it from the bench. In fact, three of the four goals for the Asian team in this tournament have come from the boots of substitute players –Ritsu Doan he scored the two goals that started the comebacks-, as well as one of the assists.
In front, Croatia hopes to take advantage of opportunity to claim after a group stage in which He did not convince or show his best face, despite the fact that she finished undefeated. The victory before Canada (4-1) and the goalless draws against Morocco and Belgium they allowed him to close the Group F in second place.
Now the Russia 2018 runner-up who reached the semifinals in the two editions of the World Cup in which they passed the group stage, is looking for one more march, especially after the doubts that arose after the last match against the Belgians, where he failed to shoot on goal in the first 45 minutes.
the veteran Luka modric will again lead the men of zlatko dalicwhich will form with andrej kramaric -author of a double against the Canadians-, Marko Livaja and Ivan Perisic as an offensive trident. In three of their last World Cup qualifying games, the Balkans went to extra time and in all three they saw themselves behind before claiming victory.
Round of 16
Japan vs. Croatia
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
Hours: 9:00 a.m., Central Mexico time
DT: Hajime Moriyasu
DT: Zlatko Dalic
(With information from Europe Press)