JOSIP JURANOVIC is starting again for Croatia on Friday afternoon, with Brazil standing in the way of a quarter-final place.

Josip Juranovic
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Japan v Croatia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar – December 5, 2022
Japan’s Daizen Maeda with Croatia’s Josip Juranovic after the penalty shootout REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

It’ll be the third time in as many months that Juranovic faces Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jnr, who’s set to start on the left for Brazil. Josip will have a tough task on his hand as he tried to keep the Brazilian left-side quiet, with many talents on the country’s wings.

Croatia had to get by Japan to get to this stage, while Brazil won 4-1 against South Korea in the round of 16.

It’ll be a great match, but Brazil has to be the favourite to progress to the next round of the competition. The country has played some top-quality football throughout the tournament and is set to put in another top performance this round.

Croatia got past this round in 2018; they’ll be hoping to do the same this year. If Josip Juranovic and his fellow countrymen win against Brazil, they’ll play either Argentina or the Netherlands.


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