Croatia World Cup 2022 results, squad list, fixtures and latest odds




Players of Croatia celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 soccer match between Japan and Croatia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, - Abir Sultan/Shutterstock
Players of Croatia celebrate after winning the penalty shoot-out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 soccer match between Japan and Croatia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, - Abir Sultan/Shutterstock  

Croatia have booked their place in the quarter finals after Zlatko Dalic's side beat Japan 3-1 on penalties.

They won the first penalty shootout at the 2022 World Cup, after a 1-1 draw in normal time. Both sides failed to score in extra time.

Japan missed three spot-kicks during the shootout while Croatia missed one, with Dominik Livakovic heroics securing victory for 2018 runners-up.

Zlakto Dalic's says Luka Modric will not retire from international football after the World Cup - and remains hopeful he could still be playing for his country four years from now.

Modric, 37 made his 159th appearance for Croatia's win against Japan in the last 16.

The Real Madrid midfielder is playing in his ninth major tournament for Croatia but Dalic expects the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner to carry on after the World Cup.

And he even believes Modric could still be available come the 2026 edition in the US, Canada and Mexico, by which time the player will be 40.

"I cannot compliment him enough," the Croatia coach said. "This will not be his last tournament. His professionalism and continuing desire to work and self-improve is unprecedented.

"We are a team made up of great individuals but all together we accomplish results, it's not just about the likes of Luka and Josko Gvardiol on their own. We'll need Luka for some time more in the future.

"When you come to a tournament with Modric, [Mateo] Kovacic and [Marcelo] Brozovic as your midfielders, half of your problems are resolved already and I really hope this is not his [Modric's] last World Cup and I will be able to use him again in the future. Then our dreams would become true and only then."

Modric said in recent days that his plan was to carry on playing for Croatia after the tournament. "No, I won't leave the national team," he said. "I feel very fit, very good and I'll stay here as long as I can. There's no reason to retire. It's my choice. People say I should leave and focus on club football. I don't agree."

Croatia 2022 World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic, Ivo Grbic

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic, Josip Sutalo

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakic, Luka Sucic

Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja

Who is their best player?

In a team studded with international stars, such as Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan, and Tottenham's Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric remains the brightest in the firmament.

A master of midfield alchemy and Champions League titleholder with Real Madrid, Modric, 37, is his country's most capped player, with 158 international appearances.

What are Croatia's fixtures?

Croatia faced Japan in the last 16 of the World Cup in Qatar and beat them 3-1 penalties. They will face either Brazilin the quarter finals on December 9 at 3pm. (UK time)

Group F

November 23: Morocco 0 Croatia 0

November 27: Croatia 4 Canada 1

December 1: Croatia 0 Belgium 0

Last 16

December 5: Japan 1 Croatia 1 (Croatia win 3-1 on penalties)

What is Croatia's World Cup record?

Croatia have qualified for all but one of the World Cup tournaments held since their independence - South Africa 2010 - and their appearances are bookended by their standout finishes: third place at France 1998, which made them the highest-finishing debutants since Eusebio's Portugal in 1966, and runners-up at Russia 2018.

Modric was awarded the Golden Ball for best overall player of the tournament, with his performance in Russia contributing to his Ballon d'Or win later that year.

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Latest odds

Croatia are currently a best price of 40/1 to win the World Cup.

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