Brazil have never lost in four previous meetings with the Croats in all competitions, although it has been four and a half years since the teams last met, when they lined up for a friendly in England.
Zlatko Dalic’s men have repeated some of their career success up until the 2018 World Cup final in Russia, where all of their knockout matches except the final went to extra time.
They will be hoping to give Brazil their toughest test yet in the 2022 finals, after coming back from a goal behind in their round of 16 game to overcome penalties.
How close have the games been between these teams? Who have the bookies decided that they are going to win this one? The Sporting News evaluates the contest.
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History of Brazil vs Croatia
Few teams have a positive record against Brazil, but the Selecao will be wary of Croatia since previous meetings between these nations.
Croatia took a shock lead over the World Cup hosts in the opening game of the 2014 tournament and only Neymar’s 71st-minute penalty finally put Brazil ahead for the first time. The underdogs then pushed for an equalizer, before a 90th-minute goal from Oscar embellished the win for the five-time champions.
Brazil also trailed before achieving a 1-1 draw in the first meeting between the teams, in 2005.
They also ended Croatia’s 10-game unbeaten run with a 1–0 win in the 2006 World Cup final, setting a record eight consecutive World Cup victories in the process.
Brazil vs Croatia head to head
Neymar is the game’s top scorer thanks to three goals in the Paris Saint-Germain striker’s last two appearances against Croatia.
Marcelo’s own goal in 2014 leaves Niko Kranjcar the only Croatian player to have scored against Brazil, and gives his current generation the chance to become the first to repeat the trick in over 17 years.
|August 17, 2005||Friendly||Brazil 1-1 Croatia||Ricardinho (42); Kranjcar (32)|
|June 13, 2006||World Cup||Brazil 1-0 Croatia||Kaka (44)|
|June 12, 2014||World Cup||Brazil 3-1 Croatia||Neymar (29, 71), Oscar (90); Marcelo (own goal, 11)|
|June 3, 2018||Friendly||Brazil 2-0 Croatia||Neymar (69), Firmino (93)|
Last match Brazil vs Croatia
Returning from long-term injury ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Neymar reassured Brazil about his fitness with an excellent tiebreaking shot against a hard-fought Croatia team at Liverpool’s Anfield, sliding between two defenders and shooting off the crossbar.
Roberto Firmino clearly felt at home on the ground where the striker plays most of his club’s football, scoring a second into stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win in a game with strong challenges from both teams.
Brazil vs Croatia World Cup odds
Brazil are likely to win in regulation and are even more overwhelming favorites to advance, if you add the safety net of extra time or penalties.
The form guide shows that Croatia have taken seven of their last eight knockout games in major tournaments into extra time.
Just one team has scored in 16 of Brazil’s last 22 matches, while the same can be said for 11 of Croatia’s most recent 20 matches.
A reminder: all football money line bets are for regulation time only, regardless of competition. If the match requires a winner and goes to extra time or penalties, a money line bet on a legal tie is successful and the rest of the game is disregarded.
|+105 / -150||2.04 / 1.61||11/10, 4/6||19/20, 4/5|
|-130 / -105||1.78 / 1.93||11/8, 1/1||5/6, 10/11|