Although Brazil barely broke a sweat against South Korea on Monday, Croatia had to go to penalties with Japan to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
The two winners will go head-to-head on Friday (10am ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App).
Here’s everything that happened at the World Cup on Monday and what to watch on Tuesday.
Croatia 1 (3), Japan 1 (1)
Japan proved to be tough opponents for Croatia in the 90 minutes of regular time and the 30 minutes of extra time.
However, when it came time to execute penalties, Japan appeared to have stepped out of their comfort zone, missing three of their four attempts. It was a heartbreaking ending Samurai Blue‘s incredible run.
Croatia beat Japan on penalties.
Brazil 4, South Korea 1
Perhaps South Korea was not the best litmus test for Brazil in the round of 16. But make no mistake: nothing about the way Brazil have progressed through their four games suggests they are unable to maintain their dominance, especially with Neymar back in the squad.
Croatia must be much better than they were against Japan if they don’t want to be the last spectators at the Brazilian carnival.
Highlights Brazil-South Korea
Brazil scored four goals in a brilliant performance and drove to victory.
SAVE THE DAY
Japan haven’t exactly put Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković to the test, but you can only deflect the shots that get in your way and Livaković scored three of Japan’s four penalties on Monday.
Goal and assist of the day
Richarlison has the goal of the tournament so far, and he might have picked second-best Monday. However, unlike his brilliant volley to himself in the group stage, Richarlison’s goal against South Korea was an absolute team effort – Yoga bonito at it’s finest – that’s why it’s the target AND the assist of the day.
MOMENT YOU MUST SEE
It’s not every day managers celebrate with their team, let alone Samba, but Brazil coach Tite couldn’t help himself as his team won 3-0.
Morocco vs. Spain10 p.m. ET on FOX
Morocco doesn’t have the reputation of Spain but undoubtedly has the talent to go head-to-head with the former world champions. Expect this to be tight and lots of fun.
Portugal vs Switzerland2 p.m. ET on FOX
Portugal exceeded expectations in the group stage, which sounds silly given the world-class players they have in their squad, but it’s true.
A win against a closely-knit Swiss side could bring Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. into the conversation.
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