Brazil was knocked out on penalties by Croatia in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Friday.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known simply as Neymar scored a brilliant goal, putting the contest almost beyond the brave Croats.
With this goal, Neymar equaled Pele’s record in goals scored for Brazil.
But the Croats fought bravely in the second half of extra time, and they equalized in the 117th minute with Bruno Petcovic.
Croatia won the penalty shootout 4-2, sending the favorite for the World Cup back home.
Croatia was faultless with its own efforts whilst Rodrygo saw his shot saved by the outstanding Dominik Livakovic. Needing to score to keep Brazil in the competition, Marquinhos drove his effort against the post, extending his country’s wait for a sixth global crown to at least twenty-four years. As for Croatia, a nation of just four million people, they are into a third semi-final in the last six tournaments.
Croatia will now play either Argentina or the Netherlands, which will battle it out in the second quarterfinal of the World Cup.
Brazil an alluring attraction in the 2022 Qatar World Cup
Brazil has long been an alluring attraction for football fans, and the team has again been delighting its supporters—as well as many who are more neutral—from around the world with their free-flowing moves at the Qatar World Cup.
The Selecao tore South Korea apart with a devastating attacking performance in their last-16 tie. It thus became evident why Tite’s side is considered the favorite to lift the trophy on December 18th.
“What I’ve seen so far, when you take a look at their players, their quality, skills and value, then it is indeed terrifying,” said Zlatko Dalic, the Croatia coach.
“We need to enter the match with much faith, self-confidence and looking for our chances, enjoy the occasion of playing Brazil, that’s it,” he said.
Brazil came into this tournament as the favorite, and it is currently number one in FIFA rankings. It is the only team that has played at every World Cup finals edition since its inauguration in 1930. Brazil has won the trophy a record of five times (1958, 1962,1970, 1994, 2002).
However, since winning the World Cup in 2002, it has lost each of its past six knockout stage games against European nations in the competition.