Croatia beats Brazil to Reach the Semi-Finals for The Second Time in A Row!

Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup on Friday after a shocking penalty shootout loss to Croatia.

Neymar scored his 77th goal for Brazil in extra time, tying him with Pele for the country’s all-time men’s goal record, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Brazil from losing in the quarterfinals for the second straight World Cup.

Tite’s team was held scoreless for 90 minutes due to solid performances from Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, and Luka Modric in the Croatian midfield, as well as some inspired form from goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. The match went into overtime due to the scoreless tie.

Neymar, who had been relatively quiet up until that point, appeared to have scored the game-winning goal in extra time when he skipped past Livakovic and fired powerfully into the roof of the net. However, 2018 runners-up Croatia responded with four minutes remaining when Bruno Petkovic tied the game at 1-1 with a deflected strike from the edge of the box.

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Rodrygo missed Brazil’s first penalty and Marquinhos missed their fourth in the shootout, while Croatia scored on all of their attempts to secure a historic victory.

Coach Zlatko Dalic remarked, “This is just for the Croatian people.” We defeated the odds-on favorites, and that’s not the end of the road for us; let’s keep going.

Everyone contributed to this success, and it was a win for the team as a whole. Likewise, I’d like to express my gratitude to the supporting cast members who are vital to the success of the national team.

Croatia, winners of two consecutive penalty shootouts, will play the winner of Friday’s game between Argentina and the Netherlands in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

In the first half, Croatia refused to be overawed by their more famous opponent and successfully smothered most of Brazil’s efforts. With Neymar off the pace and shut out by a hard-working back line, Brazil offered nothing in the way of offense.

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By the end of the first half, Croatia had the upper hand in terms of possession and appeared the sharper and more skilled team in the passing game.

Brazil, who last beat a European opponent in the elimination phase of the World Cup in 2002’s final victory over Germany, struggled to find space, and a Neymar free kick right before halftime did not trouble Livakovic.

However, just three minutes after the resumption of play, they came close to taking the lead when Croatian midfielder Josko Gvardiol nearly scored an own goal while attempting to clear the ball.

Seconds later, VAR disproved claims of a handball by Croatian defender Josip Juranovic, and then, in the 55th minute, Neymar was passed through on goal by Richarlison, but Livakovic saved his close-range shot.

To start the second half, Brazil played much better, and they nearly scored when Livakovic denied Lucas Paqueta.

The match ended with the Croatian goalie having made more saves (seven) than his Brazil rival, Alisson, had made throughout the entire tournament (five).

About five minutes later, with the few hundred Brazil fans behind the goal growing louder and more impatient, Livakovic blocked another shot from Paqueta.

Neymar’s goal sent Brazil into the semifinals as extra time dragged on and coach Tite looked obviously worried.

Petkovic’s equalizer forced penalties, and Croatia ultimately prevailed after Livakovic saved Rodrygo’s penalty kick and Marquinhos missed the post.

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