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World Cup 2022 Live Blog, Day 16: Croatia, Brazil advance to quarterfinals

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Brazil v South Korea: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

WELCOME TO DAY 16 OF THE 2022 WORLD CUP!!! The knockout stages are in full swing and two sensational quarterfinal matchups have already been set, and four Barcelona players (plus Lionel Messi) have already booked a spot in the Last Eight.

The Round of 16 continues today, with the 2018 finalists looking for another dream run, two Asian nations trying to shock the world one more time, and one of the main favorites trying to avoid an upset.

It all begins in Al Wakrah with the biggest surprise of the tournament so far as Japan take on Croatia in the early kickoff. The Samurai blue came back from behind to beat both Germany and Spain and top Group E in spectacular fashion, and Japan will be full of confidence in their ability to beat another European nation and continue their incredible story. Croatia finished second in Group F and haven’t looked great but still have the great Luka Modric with a talented side around him, and this is the most unpredictable matchup in this round.

The late kickoff is between Brazil and South Korea, who produced a late miracle against Portugal to get out of Group H and set up a high-profile matchup with the Seleção, who are favorites to advance but lost to Cameroon in the group finale and should be in upset alert in this one. They will have Raphinha and Neymar is expected to return from the ankle injury that’s kept him out of the last two games, and the former Barça man could prove the difference in a game that will be a lot tougher than expected.

This is going to be another fun day of Round of 16 action, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all of it. Vamos!




Brazil XI: Alisson; Militão, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo; Casemiro; Raphinha, Paquetá, Neymar, Vinicius; Richarlison (4-1-4-1)

South Korea XI: SG Kim; MH Kim, MJ Kim, YG Kim, JS Kim; IB Hwang, Jung; HC Hwang, Lee, Son; Cho (4-2-3-1)


Competition/Round: 2022 FIFA World Cup, Round of 16, Match 6

Date/Time: Monday, December 5, 2022, 10pm local time, 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 8pm WAT (Nigeria), 12.30am IST (India, Tuesday)

Venue: Stadium 974, Doha

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)


On TV: FOX (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others

Online: FOX Sports App, Sling TV (USA), others

JAPAN 1-1 CROATIA (CROATIA win on penalties)


Japan XI: Gonda; Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Taniguchi; Ito, Endo, Morita, Nagatomo; Doan, Kamada; Maeda (3-4-2-1)

Croatia XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic (4-3-3)


Competition/Round: 2022 FIFA World Cup, Round of 16, Match 5

Date/Time: Monday, December 5, 2022, 6pm local time, 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 4pm WAT (Nigeria), 8.30pm IST (India)

Venue: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)


On TV: FOX (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others

Online: FOX Sports App, Sling TV (USA), others

Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!

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