Qatar World Cup 2022 Day 20: Croatia v Brazil, Argentina v Netherlands as quarter-finals begin

Qatar World Cup 2022 Day 20: Croatia v Brazil, Argentina v Netherlands as quarter-finals begin
Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and the Netherlands vie for the first two spots in the World Cup quarter-finals.
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09 December, 2022
[The New Arab]

Day 20 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar sees the quarter-final stages of the tournament get underway, with four teams vying for two places in the next round.

In the 6pm Doha time (3pm GMT) match, five-time World Cup winners Brazil will take on Croatia at Education City Stadium.

Brazil are the favourites to advance to the next stage after they put on an attacking masterclass in their last 16 match on Monday, when they trounced South Korea 4-1.

Croatia on the other hand struggled to make it out of their last 16 match with Japan, advancing only after the Samurai Blue crumbled under the pressure of a penalty shootout.

At 10pm Doha time (7pm GMT), Argentina take on the Netherlands at the Lusail Stadium. Neither side has shown their full potential in this tournament, but the occasion and tight match-up may force the two teams to step up their game.

6:13 PM
The New Arab Staff

That's it from us today - we'll be back tomorrow for coverage of Morocco's quarter final against Portugal. 

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5:51 PM


Well well well. Clinical penalties from Croatia and costly mistakes from Brazil have meant that Croatia are through to the semi finals of the Qatar World Cup. 

Grit and determination pulled off this upset against the World Cup's most successful side in history. 

5:38 PM

Madness. We're through to penalties. After Croatia buried their first shot on target in the entire match 5 minutes from time. 

We'll bring you the result here. 


5:33 PM
The New Arab Staff


Brazil 1 - 1 Croatia. 

At the death, Croatia level through the sheer bloody-minded persistence of Bruno Petkovic firing low into Allison's net via a lucky deflection. 

Brazil will be devastated. This looks set for penalties - we'll keep you updated. 

5:18 PM
The New Arab Staff

Here we go. Last 15 minutes. 

Neymar jumps for joy after breaking the deadlock in extra time [Getty images]
5:15 PM
The New Arab Staff


Finally. Neymar turns his magic on and the whole Croatian team inside out to surge through the defence with some crisp one-twos and buries the ball in the back of the net. 

Now. Brazil have 15 more minutes to hold onto their slender lead - as Croatia have to upend their game plan and really come at Brazil. 

4:58 PM
The New Arab Staff

FULL TIME: Brazil 0 - 0 Croatia

The stoppable force meets the movable object here. Neither team have shone - they're cancelling each other out and it's been a cagey affair. 

Croatia seem happy to see this through to penalties, their chances have been very few and far between. Brazil pressing harder now. 

3:49 PM
The New Arab Staff

Half-time: Brazil 0-0 Croatia

It's been a cagey, finely poised this first half. Croatia have really taken the game to Brazil and are refusing to be rolled over here - but struggling for that quality in the final third. 

Brazil, on the other hand, have shown flashes of brilliance through Neymar and Vinicius Junior, but struggled to really break down Croation resolve. 

This one looks like it might be a long old game. 

[Getty images]
2:47 PM
The New Arab Staff

Looking ahead to tomorrow's huge quarter final - Morocco against Portugal - there are two key men whose place in the starting line up are far from confirmed. 

For Morocco, stalwart defender Nayef Aguerd but is still being treated for an intense thigh injury. 

And then there's Ronaldo. Subdued so far in the World Cup, and left on the bench against Switzerland, he's still a maybe for Portugal. 

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2:45 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Brazil coach Tite has named an unchanged starting line-up for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against Croatia as Neymar retains his place following his return from an ankle injury in the previous round.

Neymar scored from the spot in the 4-1 win over South Korea in the last 16 on Monday, with Vinicius Junior, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta also on target in the game.

Croatia, runners-up in 2018, make two changes from their last-16 victory on penalties over Japan.

Coach Zlatko Dalic brings Borna Sosa back into the side at left-back after illness, replacing Borna Barisic, while Mario Pasalic starts in place of Bruno Petkovic.

Real Madrid's veteran Luka Modric, 37, captains the side as they look to cause a major upset against the World Cup favourites.

Croatia (4-3-3)

Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric (capt), Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic; Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic

Coach: Zlatko Dalic (CRO)

Brazil (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (capt), Marquinhos, Danilo; Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior

1:12 PM
The New Arab Staff

Final preparations are being made to the pitch at the Education City Stadium ahead of today's match between Brazil and Croatia. 

After Brazil turned over South Korea in some style at the start of the week, we might well see some fireworks on the turf in al-Rayyan. 

Just under two hours until kick-off. 

Groundspeople lay the final touches for the first quarter final in Qatar [Getty images]