Date
12 December 2017
Kaka was instrumental in Brazil picking up their first three points in the 2006 World Cup. The Brazilians will do without him this time. Photo: Reuters
Kaka was instrumental in Brazil picking up their first three points in the 2006 World Cup. The Brazilians will do without him this time. Photo: Reuters

Brazil vs. Croatia: How they stack up against each other

• Croatia have never beaten Brazil.

• In their previous two encounters, the Brazilians beat the Croats: 1-0 in the Germany World Cup in 2006 and the two battled to a 1-1 draw in a 2005 friendly.

• The Brazilians have won all eight of their inaugural matches since a draw with Sweden in 1976.

• Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will be missing the services of Ronaldinho and Kaka, who was instrumental in Brazil picking up their first three points in the 2006 competition.

• Croatia’s Niko Kovac’s side will be without star striker Mario Mandzukic who is serving a one-match ban

• The Brazilians are coming off their Confederations Cup triumph last summer.

• The Croatians won both of their last two tune-up matches.

• Barcelona star Neymar has scored 31 times in his 48 caps for Brazil.

• Darijo Srna, who has amassed more caps than any other player in the history of the Croatia national team, will make his 114th appearance with the Blazers.

• Brazil have won the World Cup five times. No country has won more.

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