Fifa World Cup Today: Brazil Face South Korea And Japan Take On Croatia

Everything you need to know about Monday's action
07:00, 05 Dec 2022

We have reached the third day of the round of 16 fixtures at the Fifa  World Cup and what a set of exciting fixtures we have in store. Group E winners Japan, who shocked both Germany and Spain take on 2018 runners-up Croatia, while

Here is everything you need to know about Monday’s action.

Japan v Croatia - Round of 16

Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al-Wakrah

When: 3pm (GMT) / 6pm (AST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website

Last meeting: Japan 0-0 Croatia (Nuremberg, 2006 World Cup)

Japan’s Group Stage results: Won 2-1 v Germany, Lost 1-0 v Costa Rica, Won 2-1 v Spain

Croatia’s Group Stage results: Drew 0-0 v Morocco, Won 4-1 v Canada, Drew 0-0 v Belgium

Japan squad: 1 Eiji Kawashima, 2 Miki Yamane, 3 Shogo Taniguchi, 4 Ko Itakura, 5 Yuto Nagatomo, 6 Wataru Endo, 7 Gaku Shibasaki, 8 Ritsu Doan, 9 Kaoru Mitoma, 10 Takumi Minamino, 11 Takefusa Kubo, 12 Shuichi Gonda, 13 Hidemasa Morita, 14 Junya Ito, 15 Daichi Kamada, 16 Takehiro Tomiyasu, 17 Ao Tanaka, 18 Takuma Asano, 19 Hiroki Sakai, 20 Shuto Machino, 21 Ayase Ueda, 22 Maya Yoshida, 23 Daniel Schmidt, 24 Yuki Soma, 25 Daizen Maeda, 26 Hiroki Ito

Croatia squad: 1 Dominik Livakovic, 2 Josip Stanisic, 3 Borna Barisic, 4 Ivan Perisic, 5 Martin Erlic, 6 Dejan Lovren, 7 Lovro Majer, 8 Mateo Kovacic, 9 Andrej Kramaric, 10 Luka Modric, 11 Marcelo Brozovic, 12 Ivo Grbic, 13 Nikola Vlasic, 14 Marko Livaja, 15 Mario Pasalic, 16 Bruno Petkovic, 17 Ante Budimir, 18 Mislav Orsic, 19 Borna Sosa, 20 Josko Gvardiol, 21 Domagoj Vida, 22 Josip Juranovic, 23 Ivica Ivusic, 24 Josip Sutalo, 25 Luka Susic, 26 Kristijan Jakic

Preview: No one would have foreseen Japan winning Group E against the likes of Spain and Germany to contend with, but they have warranted their place in the last 16 and could prove to shock a few other nations in the knockout stage. Hajime Moriyasu’s side is filled with energy and skill as well. They attack and defend as a collective and they could be a lot for Croatia to handle.

Despite an impressive attacking display in their comeback victory over Canada, Croatia have so far disappointed in Qatar as they have looked a shadow of the side that reached the final just four years ago. They cannot afford to perform the way they did against both Morocco and Belgium at this stage of the tournament because they will be punished and their World Cup journey will come to an abrupt end.

Sportsman stat: Japan have beaten European opposition twice in this tournament against Germany and Spain. Before this year, they had only won two of their first 10 matches against European nations (D3 L5)

Betfred match odds: Japan 3/1, Croatia 11/10, draw 9/4 

Favourites for first goalscorer: Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) 4/1, Marko Livaja (Croatia) 9/2, Ante Budimir (Croatia) 5/1 

Featured bet: Over 2.5 goals 5/4 

To reach the quarter-finals: Japan 6/4, Croatia 1/2


Brazil v South Korea - Round of 16

Where: Stadium 974, Doha

When: 7pm (GMT) / 10pm (AST)


Last meeting: South Korea 1-5 Brazil (Seoul, 2022)

Brazil’s Group Stage results: Won 2-0 v Serbia, Won 1-0 v Switzerland, Lost 1-0 v Cameroon

South Korea’s Group Stage results: Drew 0-0 v Uruguay, Lost 3-2 v Ghana, Won 2-1 v Portugal

Brazil squad: 1 Alisson, 2 Danilo, 3 Thiago Silva, 4 Marquinhos, 5 Casemiro, 6 Alex Sandro, 7 Lucas Paqueta, 8 Fred, 9 Richarlison, 10 Neymar, 11 Raphinha, 12 Weverton, 13 Dani Alves, 14 Eder Militao, 15 Fabinho, 16 Alex Telles, 17 Bruno Guimaraes, 18 Gabriel Jesus, 20 Vinicius Jr, 21 Rodrygo, 22 Everton Ribeiro, 23 Ederson, 24 Bremer, 25 Pedro, 26 Gabriel Martinelli

South Korea squad: 1 Kim Seung-gyu, 2 Yoon Jong-gyu, 3 Kim Jin-su, 4 Kim Min-jae, 5 Jung Woo-yung, 6 Hwang In-beom, 7 Son Heung-min, 8 Paik Seung-ho, 9 Cho Gue-sung, 10 Lee Jae-sung, 11 Hwang Hee-chan, 12 Song Bum-keun, 13 Son Jun-ho, 14 Hong Chul, 15 Kim Moon-hwan, 16 Hwang Ui-jo, 17 Na Sang-ho, 18 Lee Kang-in, 19 Kim Young-gwon, 20 Kwon Kyung-won, 21 Jo Hyeon-woo, 22 Kwon Chang-hoon, 23 Kim Tae-hwan, 24 Cho Yu-min, 25 Jeong Woo-yeong, 26 Song Min-kyu

Preview: Hwang Hee-chan’s dramatic winner in the dying minutes against Portugal booked South Korea’s place in the knockout stage at the World Cup for the third time in their history. While it seems like we haven’t seen this team at their best yet in Qatar, they’ve managed to score four goals and the most important aspect of this group is their togetherness. 

They will face their toughest test in Brazil who are the outright favourites to go all the way in Qatar. A Selecao may have suffered a shock against Cameroon last time out but they were impressive in their first two matches for different reasons. Against Serbia they asserted themselves and showed their quality going forward, and against Switzerland they found a way to win when they were held to just a few chances.

Sportsman stat: This is Brazil and South Korea’s first meeting at the World Cup

Betfred match odds: Brazil 1/4, South Korea 12/1, draw 5/1

Favourites for first goalscorerRicharlison (Brazil) 10/3, Pedro 4/1, Vinicius Jr 5/1

Featured bet: Over 2.5 Brazil goals 6/5

To qualifyBrazil 1/10, South Korea 6/1

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