Compared to the defeat against Cameroon, the South Americans have, as expected, almost a completely new starting eleven. Apart from central defender Eder Militão, who has to help out at full-back today, there is a brand new starting XI.
It was with great relief that the Brazil fans heard coach Tite’s words about the personnel situation yesterday. Because superstar Neymar is fit again! After his foot injury in the opening game, the 30-year-old has been training with the ball again and is right in the starting XI today. Captain and regular right-back Danilo is also back. After Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus lost the World Cup due to injury, this is positive news from a Brazilian perspective.
As in many games with Brazilian participation, the Selecao goes into the game as a favorite. So far, the South Americans have only been able to partially fulfill this role in the current tournament. They only played really confidently in the 2-0 World Cup opening win against Serbia. This was followed by a trembling victory against Switzerland and the 0-1 draw against Cameroon, the first defeat after 17 international matches. Although there was mostly only a B team on the lawn, it was a clear wake-up call for them – not to continue playing the same way.
A few minutes ago, vice world champions Croatia secured a coveted ticket to the quarter-finals by narrowly beating Japan on penalties. There the Croatians then meet the winner of the following encounter.
Have a nice good evening and welcome to the second round of 16 game of the World Cup on this day! From 20:00 the big favorite from Brazil meets South Korea.