Japan v Croatia

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Japan v Croatia

In a World Cup full of shocks and upsets, Japan’s performances to top a group above Spain and eliminate Germany in the process must be beyond their wildest dreams. The fact that they overturned half-time deficits to beat both of the European heavyweights is even more stunning, and must make them wonder how they contrived to lose to Costa Rica in between those momentous results.

Japan tournament odds: 66/1

Croatia squeezed into the last 16 and it was surprisingly at the expense of much-fancied Belgium, with whom they shared a nail-biting goalless draw on Thursday. Defeat would have meant their positions would be reversed, so their qualification remained on a knife-edge as Belgium missed some glorious opportunities to take the lead. That said, Croatia had missed chances of their own, and fully deserved to join surprise Group F winners Morocco in the next round. 

Croatia tournament odds: 33/1

This promises to be an intriguing contest between two contrasting styles, with Japan’s high-pressing endeavour likely to cramp the Croatians’ intricate passing game in the same way that it made both Spain and Germany look ordinary. Croatia will be looking to their creative midfield players to spark, but this is a difficult game to call, with both teams probably considering themselves to have a favourable last-16 draw.

Match Betting Odds: 

Japan to win: 14/5

Croatia to win: 21/10

Draw: 21/10

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