Croatia shocked five-time world champions and event favourites Brazil in a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout win to e book a spot within the World Cup semi-finals.
Brazil seemed to be labouring to an extra-time win over their cussed counterparts due to a second of magic from ahead Neymar, who wrote himself into the historical past books by drawing stage with Brazilian nice Pele’s all-time goalscoring document of 77.
Croatia probed pragmatically, all through whereas proscribing and stifling Brazil’s typical rhythm earlier than succumbing to Neymar’s brilliance within the first half of extra-time – it was very practically checkmate.
Nevertheless there was a late twist within the enchanting story when Bruno Petkovic latched onto Mislav Orsic’s cross, benefitting from a merciless Marquinhos deflection which wrong-footed Alisson, to place Croatia on stage phrases with their solely shot on the right track within the 117th minute and take the sport to penalties.
Marquinhos and Rodrygo then each missed their spot-kicks within the shootout, whereas Croatia scored all 4 of theirs to defy perception and guarantee development to the final 4 of the event.
Croatia will face both Argentina or the Netherlands, who play in a while Friday night time, for a spot within the remaining. The winner of the primary quarter-final match at each 2014 and 2018 editions of the World Cup went on to win the event – might that be a telling omen for the 2018 runners-up?
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