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Japan vs. Croatia World Cup lineup, starting 11 for Round of 16 match at Qatar 2022

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If momentum is truly influential in elite-level football, then Japan have every reason to fancy their chances in this World Cup Round of 16 tie.

Nobody had given the Blue Samurai a chance of escaping a group featuring Germany and Spain but they did just that courtesy of victories over both – with the latter win coming in dramatic circumstances in the final game.

As such, they are bouncing into the knockout stages quite unlike their opponents, who rather snuck through after goalless draws with Belgium and Morocco.

Below are the projected lineups for both teams.

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Japan vs. Croatia lineups

Yuto Nagatomo believes courage will be even more important than team selection or tactics for Japan when they face Croatia in the World Cup Round of 16.

“I think this is a great opportunity for us to show the world how we can fight like Samurai,” the defender said.

“Before they go into battle they polish their weapons and try to improve their techniques, but if they are scared during battle, they would not be able to use those weapons and techniques fully.

“It’s exactly the same with football – of course the tactics and techniques are important, but no matter how much we have improved those, if we are scared when we are on the field, those things are useless.

“In order to maximise all the tactics that we have been discussing and practising for the last four years, the first condition is to have courage.”

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Japan predicted starting 11

(3-4-3, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 16. Tomiyasu, 26. H. Ito, 22. Yoshida — 14. Ito, 6. Endo, 17. Tanaka, 5. Nagatomo — 8. Doan, 18. Asano, 15. Kamada

  • Injured: none
  • Suspended: Ko Itakura

With Ko Itakura set to serve a suspension after picking up a second yellow card, Takehiro Tomiyasu is likely to come into Japan’s back three.

The potential absence of Takefusa Kubo through a muscle strain could also hand an opportunity to Takuma Asano in attack.

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Croatia predicted starting 11

Croatia starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 14. Livaja, 9. Kramaric, 4. Perisic

  • Injured: none
  • Suspended: none

Croatia have no fresh injury concerns to consider and, with manager Zlatko Dalic having been consistent in his selections, they could name an unchanged lineup.

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Japan vs. Croatia World Cup squads

Here are the names on Japan and Croatia’s World Cup squad lists in Qatar (caps correct as of start of Qatar 2022):

Japan World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Eiji Kawashima Strasbourg (FRA) 39 95
GK 12 Shuichi Gonda Shimizu S-Pulse (JPN) 33 34
GK 23 Daniel Schmidt Sint-Truiden (BEL)  30 11
DEF 5 Yuto Nagatomo Tokyo (JPN) 36 138
DEF 22 Maya Yoshida Schalke (GER) 34 122
DEF 19 Hiroki Sakai Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)  32 72
DEF 16 Takehiro Tomiyasu Arsenal (ENG) 23 29
DEF 2 Miki Yamane Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 28 15
DEF 3 Shogo Taniguchi Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 31 14
DEF 4 Ko Itakura Borussia Monchengladbach (GER) 25 13
DEF 26 Hiroki Ito Stuttgart (GER) 23 6
MID 7 Gaku Shibasaki Leganes (SPA) 30 60
MID 6 Wataru Endo Stuttgart (GER) 29 43
MID 1 Takumi Minamino Monaco (FRA) 27 44
MID 14 Junya Ito Reims (FRA) 29 38
MID 8 Ritsu Doan Freiburg (GER) 24 29
MID 15 Daichi Kamada Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 26 22
MID 11 Takefusa Kubo Real Sociedad (SPA) 21 20
MID 13 Hidemasa Morita Sporting (POR) 27 17
MID 17 Ao Tanaka Fortuna Dusseldorf (GER) 24 15
MID 9 Kaoru Mitoma Brighton (ENG) 25 9
MID 24 Yuki Soma Nagoya Grampus (JPN) 25 8
FWD 18 Takuma Asano Bochum (GER) 27 37
FWD 21 Ayase Ueda Club Brugge (BEL) 24 11
FWD 25 Daizen Maeda Celtic (SCO) 25 8
FWD 20 Shuto Machino Shonan Bellmare (JPN) 23 4

Croatia World Cup squad

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Dominik Livakovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 27 33
GK 12 Ivo Grbic Atletico Madrid (SPA) 26 2
GK 23 Ivica Ivusic Osijek (CRO)  27 5
DEF 2 Josip Stanisic Bayern Munich (GER) 22 6
DEF 3 Borna Barisic Rangers (SCO) 29 27
DEF 5 Martin Erlic Sassuolo (ITA) 24 3
DEF 6 Dejan Lovren Zenit St Petersburg (ITA) 33 71
DEF 19 Borna Sosa VfB Stuttgart (GER) 24 8
DEF 20 Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig (GER) 20 12
DEF 21 Domagoj Vida AEK Athens (GRE) 33 99
DEF 22 Josip Juranovic Celtic (SCO) 27 21
DEF 24 Josip Sutalo Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 22 3
MID 7 Lovro Majer Rennes (FRA) 24 10
MID 8 Mateo Kovacic Chelsea (ENG) 28 83
MID 10 Luka Modric Real Madrid (SPA) 37 154
MID 1 Luka Sucic RB Salzburg (AUS) 20 3
MID 11 Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan (ITA)  29 76
MID 13 Nikola Vlasic Torino (ITA) 25 41
MID 15 Mario Pasalic Atalanta (ITA) 27 42
MID 4 Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 33 115
MID 26 Kristijan Jakic Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 25 4
FWD 9 Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim (GER) 31 73
FWD 14 Marko Livaja Hadjuk Split (CRO) 29 14
FWD 16 Bruno Petkovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 22
FWD 17 Ante Budimir Osasuna (ENG) 31 15
FWD 18 Mislav Orsic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 29 20


Credit: sportingnews.com

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