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Japan vs Croatia Today, Lineups, H2H Head to Head and Score Prediction 0-1

The Japanese national team and the Croatian national team will face each other in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. This match at Al Janoub Stadium is scheduled to kick-off Monday, December 5, 2022, at 22:00 WIB.

Japan arrived at this round after qualifying with the most points from Group E, the group of hell inhabited by Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Croatia was only able to be runner-up in Group F, but the 2018 World Cup finalists were unbeaten in their group.

In the first match, Japan won 2-1 over Germany despite conceding first. Japan went on to lose 1-0 to Costa Rica but were able to beat Spain 2-1 to go on to win the group.

On the other hand, Croatia drew 0-0 with Morocco and Belgium in the first and third matches. Their only win was 4-1 over Canada in the second game. In the last match, Croatia created quite a few chances, but failed to find the net against Belgium.

The 2-1 wins over Germany and Spain made Japan worth reckoning with. However, Croatia, although it is considered not as strong as when it became runner-up in Russia 2018, cannot be underestimated either.

Japan and Croatia must thwart each other. Those who qualify will face Brazil or South Korea in the quarter-finals.

Lineups Japan vs Croatia

Japan (3-4-3): Shuichi Gonda; Shogo Taniguchi, Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu; Yuto Nagatomo, Hidemasa Morita, Ao Tanaka, Junya Ito; Daichi Kamada, Daizen Maeda, Takefusa Kubo.

Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (Japan).
Squad info: Ko Itakura (suspended).

Croatia (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Borna Sosa, Josko Gvardiol, Dejan Lovren, Josip Juranovic; Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric; Ivan Perisic, Marko Livaja, Andrej Kramaric.

Coach: Zlatko Dalic (Croatia).
Squad info: No absent players.

H2H Head-to-Head Japan vs Croatia

  • H2H: 3
  • Japan win: 1
  • Goal Japan: 4
  • Draw: 1
  • Croatia win: 1
  • Goal Croatia: 4.
Last 3 Meetings
  • 18/06/2006 Japan 0-0 Croatia (World Cup)
  • 20/06/1998 Japan 0-1 Croatia (World Cup)
  • 08/06/1997 Japan 4-3 Croatia (Friendly).
Last 5 Matches Japan (SKMKM)
  • 27/09/22 Japan 0-0 Ecuador (Friendly)
  • 17/11/22 Japan 1-2 Canada (Friendly)
  • 23/11/22 Germany 1-2 Japan (World Cup)
  • 27/11 /22 Japan 0-1 Costa Rica (World Cup)
  • 02/12/22 Japan 2-1 Spain (World Cup).
Last 5 Matches Croatia (MMSMS)
  • 26/09/22 Austria 1-3 Croatia (UNL)
  • 16/11/22 Saudi Arabia 0-1 Croatia (Friendly)
  • 23/11/22 Morocco 0-0 Croatia (World Cup)
  • 27/ 11/22 Croatia 4-1 Canada (World Cup)
  • 01/12/22 Croatia 0-0 Belgium (World Cup).

Score Predictions and Statistics

  • Japan and Croatia have met 3 times and their record for meetings is even (W1 D1 L1, 4-4 goals).
  • Japan and Croatia have met twice in the World Cup, namely in the 1998 group phase (Croatia won 1-0) and the 2006 group phase (0-0 draw).
  • Japan won 5 times and only lost 2 times in their last 9 matches (W5 D2 L2).
  • Japan has only won 3 times in its last 11 matches in the World Cup (W3 D3 L5).
  • Japan has always scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches at the World Cup.
  • Japan has always failed to keep a clean sheet in its last 8 matches.
  • Japan has always conceded 1 goal in its last 3 matches at the World Cup.
  • Croatia won 12 times and only lost 1 time in its last 19 matches (W12 D6 L1).
  • Croatia is unbeaten in its last 9 matches (W6 D3 L0).
  • Croatia kept 3 clean sheets and only conceded a total of 1 goal in its last 4 matches.
  • Croatia has only lost once in normal time in its last 10 matches at the World Cup (W4 D5 L1).
  • Croatia kept 2 clean sheets in its last 8 matches at the World Cup.
Final score prediction: Japan 0-1 Croatia