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Key facts ahead of Brazil versus Croatia duel



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 • Four of Croatia’s last five FIFA World Cup knockout matches have gone into extra time.

• This is Croatia’s first FIFA World Cup knockout match against South American opposition.

• Croatia have been successful in seven of their previous nine FIFA World Cup knockout matches.

 • Croatia have not failed to score in their previous nine FIFA World Cup knockout matches.

• This is Brazil’s 14th FIFA World Cup quarter-final, the joint-most alongside Germany.

Brazil have been successful in eight of their previous 13 quarter-finals.


• Brazil have lost three of their last four FIFA World Cup quarter-finals (Won 1). All three defeats came against European opposition.

• This is Brazil’s eighth successive appearance in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals – the last time they didn’t feature at this stage was in 1990.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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