Match favourites Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup on penalties as Croatia saved their nerve to edge by to the semi-finals.
Croatia, crushed finalists 4 years in the past, scored with all 4 of their spot-kicks as Rodrygo – taking his group’s first kick – was denied by the good Dominik Livakovic and Marquinhos’ essential fourth effort struck the publish.
Because the ball hit the foot of the woodwork and bounced away, Croatia’s group sprinted to rejoice with their goalkeeper, whereas the Brazil gamers hit the turf, understanding their dream of a sixth crown had come to an finish.
After an engrossing 90 minutes, Tite’s males thought they’d gained it in further time when Neymar scored a thumping effort to equal Brazil’s ‘official’ males’s goalscoring document.
However substitute Bruno Petkovic had different concepts, stroking in a 116th-minute equaliser with Croatia’s first shot on the right track within the match to take the sport to the nerve-shredding shootout.
And it was the European facet who emerged victorious as soon as extra, having completed so by the identical technique in opposition to Japan within the final 16, to arrange a semi-final assembly with the Netherlands or Argentina on Tuesday.
Croatia present endurance to stun favourites
This wasn’t within the script.
Brazil have been supposed to bop by to the final 4 of their quest for an additional star on their shirt however their hopes have been ended within the cruellest style.
Neymar, who scored his 77th worldwide objective to equal Pele’s official mark, now shares a document recognised by Fifa however not the nationwide group – as in addition they counted targets netted by their three-time World Cup winner in friendlies in opposition to membership sides.
And the Paris St-Germain ahead is not going to get the chance to surpass the legend at this event, as Brazil suffered woe in opposition to a European nation as soon as once more. Since beating Germany within the 2002 closing, they’ve been knocked out of 5 successive World Cups by a group from Europe.
This was purported to be Neymar’s second, standing up for his facet after they wanted him most with a medical end to finish a slick group transfer, however he was left in tears after the shootout.
He ought to have gained it for them in regular time however neither he nor Lucas Paqueta might discover a well past the impressed Livakovic, who made a complete of 11 saves, essentially the most by a goalkeeper at this event.
Although most have been routine, Livakovic needed to be in the appropriate place on the proper time to make the cease and he definitely was with Brazil’s first penalty, diving the appropriate strategy to push out Rodrygo’s strike.
Croatia are a well-organised and cussed outfit, however they didn’t managed a shot on the right track till 4 minutes from the tip of additional time, as Petkovic’s side-footer beat Alisson.
Zlatko Dalic’s males displayed their psychological fortitude and powers of endurance as soon as extra to undergo – as eight of their previous 9 knockout matches at main tournaments have now ticked into further time.
As soon as this one went to penalties, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, the evergreen Luka Modric and Mislav Orsic have been all profitable with their efforts to take Croatia by to their third World Cup semi-final.
Participant of the match
- 19SosaSubstituted forBudimirat 110′minutes
- 11BrozovicBooked at 31minsSubstituted forOrsicat 114′minutes
- 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 105′minutes
- 15PasalicSubstituted forVlasicat 72′minutes
- 9KramaricSubstituted forPetkovicat 72′minutesBooked at 117mins
- 14MilitãoSubstituted forAlex Sandroat 105′minutes
- 4MarquinhosBooked at 77mins
- 3Thiago Silva
- 2DaniloBooked at 25mins
- 7Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forFredat 105′minutes
- 5CasemiroBooked at 68mins
- 11RaphinhaSubstituted forAntonyat 56′minutes
- 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forRodrygoat 64′minutes
- 9RicharlisonSubstituted forPedroat 84′minutes
- 6Alex Sandro
- 13Alves da Silva
- 17Bruno Guimarães
- 22Éverton Ribeiro
- Michael Oliver
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Match ends, Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2).
Penalty Shootout ends, Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2).
Penalty missed! Nonetheless Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2). Marquinhos (Brazil) hits the left publish with a proper footed shot.
Aim! Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2). Mislav Orsic (Croatia) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside left nook.
Aim! Croatia 1(3), Brazil 1(2). Pedro (Brazil) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the centre of the objective.
Aim! Croatia 1(3), Brazil 1(1). Luka Modric (Croatia) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside left nook.
Aim! Croatia 1(2), Brazil 1(1). Casemiro (Brazil) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside left nook.
Aim! Croatia 1(2), Brazil 1. Lovro Majer (Croatia) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the objective.
Penalty saved! Rodrygo (Brazil) fails to capitalise on this nice alternative, proper footed shot saved within the backside proper nook.
Aim! Croatia 1(1), Brazil 1. Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the excessive centre of the objective.
Penalty Shootout begins Croatia 1, Brazil 1.
Second Half Additional Time ends, Croatia 1, Brazil 1.
Hand ball by Fred (Brazil).
Try saved. Casemiro (Brazil) left footed shot from the left facet of the six yard field is saved within the centre of the objective.
Try blocked. Marquinhos (Brazil) header from the centre of the field is blocked.
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Antony (Brazil) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.
Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. Lovro Majer (Croatia) left footed shot from outdoors the field misses to the left. Assisted by Josip Juranovic.
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