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Monday’s Sport: Brazil take World Cup last-16 centre stage

The first knockout round of the World Cup continues on Monday, with five-time winners Brazil and 2018 runners-up Croatia both in action.

Brazil take on South Korea in the evening, while the afternoon match-up sees Croatia take on a Japan side who beat both Germany and Spain to top their group.

Away from the football it is a quiet start to the new sporting week, with three race meetings the main attraction, with action from Musselburgh, Lingfield and Wolverhampton available on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Meanwhile, in the early hours of Tuesday morning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints in a divisional match-up from the highly disappointing NFC South.

World Cup: Controlled Croatia out to blunt Japan

What: Japan v Croatia
Where: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
When: 15:00, Monday 5th December 2022
How to watch: BBC One
Odds: Japan 3/1, Draw 9/4, Croatia 1/1

Japan have already caused quite a stir in Qatar by defeating European powerhouses Spain and Germany in the group stage, with the latter departing before the knockout rounds for the second successive time.

Next up for the Samurai Blue is a meeting with the beaten finalists of four years ago, with Croatia having battled for a goalless draw against Belgium to secure their place in the last-16.

Japan will have to make one change in defence, with Ko Itakura suspended after picking up two bookings, with Arsenal man Takehiro Tomiyasu likely to take his place.

Wataru Endo, Ritsu Doan and Kaoru Mitoma will also be hoping to be handed starts by head coach Hajime Moriyasu.

For the Vatreni, coach Zlatko Dalic is fortunate to have no injury problems to contend with, but he has much to ponder in attack, with Andrej Kramaric and Marko Livaja having struggled to make a mark against Belgium - Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic are possible replacements.

These two sides have met twice before at the World Cup finals, with Croatia edging a 1-0 group-stage victory in 1998, before eight years later their meeting at the same stage ended in a goalless draw.

With those close match-ups in mind, Croatia are 11/4 to win by a one-goal margin and 9/1 to progress after extra-time.

World Cup: Brazil look too strong for Taegeuk Warriors

What: Brazil v South Korea
Where: Stadium 974, Doha
When: 19:00, Monday 5th December 2022
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Brazil 3/10, Draw 17/4, South Korea 10/1

Brazil were fancied by many to go all the way before the World Cup began in Qatar and wins in their opening two games - against Serbia and Switzerland - did little to change that situation.

However, a 1-0 loss to Cameroon in their final group game certainly gave hope to their rivals, especially as both Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles have now been ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury.

That was by and large a second-string side, though, against Cameroon and Neymar and co will be back to face South Korea, who scored late on to secure their place in the last-16 thanks to a 2-1 victory over Portugal.

These two sides met as recently as early June this year, when a friendly international in Seoul ended in a comprehensive 5-1 victory for the South Americans - with Neymar scoring twice from the penalty spot.

Brazil talisman Neymar is available at 6/5 to score at any time on Monday, with the Selecao priced at 8/13 to keep a clean sheet.

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