QATAR World Cup 2022

Round of 16
05/12/2022 | 15:00 (GMT)
Al Janoub Stadium

Japan and Croatia’s Round of 16 encounter is the third World Cup meeting between the two nations. The Europeans won the first game 1-0 in 1998 before the pair played out a 0-0 draw in the 2006 edition of the tournament.  

Many would have expected Spain or Germany to be contesting this fixture. But Japan stunned the two former world champions, beating them both to finish top of Group E. That was a mammoth achievement for Hajime Moriyasu’s side, but they now hope to keep the momentum going and reach the quarter-finals. Ritsu Doan has been the main threat for the Samurai Blue, although his two goals have both come as a substitute, and he was quiet in his only start of the tournament.  

Croatia made it through the group stage thanks to two 0-0 draws and a 4-1 win against Canada. Andrej Kramaric is the leading scorer for the 2018 runners-up, netting twice so far. However, Ivan Perisic has also been in good form. The Spurs ace has provided two assists, and if he scores in this one, not only will he have netted in each of the last five major tournaments, but he will also become Croatia’s joint-top all time World Cup scorer. 

Japan have never won a World Cup knockout match. Can they end that run at Al Janoub Stadium and secure passage to the last eight for the first time in their history? Bet on Japan v Croatia at the 2022 World Cup with BetVictor.

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