Brazil Knocked Out Of Fifa By Croatia Through Penalties

Brazil was supposed to dance their way to the final four in search of another star on their shirt, but their hopes were dashed in the cruelest of ways by Croatia through penalties.

Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup on penalties as Croatia held their nerve to advance to the semi-finals.

Croatia, beaten finalists four years ago, scored with all four of their spot-kicks, as Rodrygo was denied by the brilliant Dominik Livakovic and Marquinhos’ crucial fourth effort struck the post.

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As the ball struck the foot of the woodwork and bounced away, Croatia’s players dashed to celebrate with their goalkeeper, while Brazil’s players collapsed to the ground, knowing their dream of a sixth title was over.

Tite’s men thought they had won it in extra time after an engrossing 90 minutes when Neymar scored a thumping effort to equal Brazil’s ‘official’ men’s goalscoring record.

But substitute Bruno Petkovic had other ideas, stroking in a 116th-minute equalizer with Croatia’s first shot on goal of the game to send the game to a tense shootout.

And it was Europe who triumphed once more, having done so in the previous round against Japan, to set up a semi-final meeting with the Netherlands or Argentina on Tuesday.

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Brazil was supposed to dance their way to the final four in search of another star on their shirt, but their hopes were dashed in the cruelest of ways by Croatia through penalties.

Neymar, who equaled Pele’s official record with his 77th international goal, now shares a record recognized by Fifa but not by the national team, as they also counted goals scored by their three-time World Cup winner in friendlies against club sides.

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