Who could Brazil face in the World Cup knockout stages?

James Cormack
Brazil have secured their spot in the round of 16
Brazil have secured their spot in the round of 16 / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages
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Tite's pragmatic tendencies has perhaps prevented a ludicrously talented Brazilian squad from startling the masses in their 180 minutes of World Cup action thus far.

Brazil have dazzled in spurts in Qatar, while their defensive resilience has gone under the radar. Alisson Becker is yet to make a save at the tournament and such solidity will thrill the manager, who's here to get the job done.

Two wins from two in Group G means they've already booked their place in the round of 16 and here's who the Selecao could face in the knockout stages.


How did Brazil qualify for the last 16?

Brazil showed their class in their opening group game by seeing off Serbia. Richarlison opened the scoring before netting a brilliant second with an acrobatic finish.

They were made to work even harder by Switzerland. The game was goalless until the 83rd minute when Casemiro struck to take the Selecao through. They lost the final group game to Cameroon, but it didn't affect their status as group winners.


Who could Brazil face in the World Cup knockout stages?

Who did Brazil face in the last 16?

Brazil faced South Korea in the last 16 and had the contest wrapped up shortly before half time.

Vinicius Junior curled in brilliantly in the seventh minute before Neymar converted a penalty shortly after. Richarlison finished off a flowing Selecao attack for the third and West Ham's Lucas Paqueta also got in on the act.

Paik Seung-ho netted a deflected consolation in the second half as the game ended 4-1.

Who will Brazil face in the quarter finals?

Brazil's triumph over South Korea set up a clash with Croatia. The experienced European side were taken to penalties by Japan but held their nerve when their Asian counterparts didn't to progress.

Luka Modric and co had qualified for the knockout stages as Group F runners up, beating Canada 4-1 either side of goalless draws with Morocco and Belgium.

Who could Brazil face in the semi finals?

If Brazil manage to see off Croatia, they will set up a meeting with the winners of the Netherlands-Argentina quarter final.

Who could Brazil face in the final?

Brazil haven't won the World Cup since 2022 and will want to make the final at a bare minimum this time around.

The sides on the opposite side of the draw are England, France, Morocco and Portugal. Brazil will face one of the those sides in the third place playoff or final if they make the semi finals.


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