World Cup 2022: Brazil ‘in ache’ after exit on penalties in opposition to Croatia

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It wasn’t supposed to finish like this.

Brazil had danced into the quarter-finals of the World Cup however their desires of a showpiece jig within the last resulted in tears at Training Metropolis Stadium.

Croatia schooled the Samba stars on penalties to finish hopes of a sixth triumph as they had been dumped out of the competitors by a European nation once more.

It seemed like Neymar could be the hero when he opened the scoring in additional time to equal Pele’s official scoring report for the lads’s nationwide workforce however – because the unused fifth penalty taker – he left the sector in tears after what could possibly be his last World Cup match.

After the sport, it was confirmed that boss Tite could be leaving his job, the 61-year-old unable so as to add to his Copa America triumph in 2019, whereas Neymar hinted at worldwide retirement.

“It is indeed very difficult,” Tite mentioned after the loss. “But it is the end of my cycle with the Brazil squad. I mentioned thatexternal-link one and half years in the past.”

South American soccer professional Tim Vickery mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Reside: “That is demise within the household.

“That’s what it will really feel like within the subsequent few hours for Brazil followers. Croatia have despatched the far greater nation into mourning. This can actually damage for a very long time.

“I hope the population will not turn on them. Brazil crowds can be vicious. I hope there isn’t a negative backlash because this team don’t deserve it.”

Ought to Neymar have taken first penalty?

The opening 90 minutes had been engrossing however the sides couldn’t be separated and the competition went into additional time.

Croatia have been there in eight of their previous 9 knockout video games in main tournaments and there was just one consequence thereafter.

Neymar thought he had stood up for his nation once they wanted him probably the most, firing into the roof of the web to complete a slick workforce transfer.

The 106th-minute strike was his 77th worldwide objective, drawing him degree with the good Pele in accordance with Fifa data.

However Bruno Petkovic’s equaliser 4 minutes from time – which was Croatia’s solely shot heading in the right direction – salvaged hope of development which they settled on spot-kicks.

It was the opposition that had been dancing this time as a disconsolate Neymar sank to the turf, tears streaming down his cheeks.

He was to be the fifth penalty taker however didn’t get that chance after Marquinhos struck the put up to seal their destiny.

The identical sorrowful ending has occurred earlier than.

At his residence World Cup in 2014 Neymar’s participation was ended by a again harm, and 4 years in the past they had been crushed on the similar stage by Belgium.

Right here he was one of many final gamers to trudge off the pitch, Brazil’s supporters sitting within the stands in disbelief, their hopes in Qatar extinguished.

“Neymar was the fifth because that is the decisive one,” mentioned Tite. “There is more pressure and the players who are more mentally prepared should be ones to take this last penalty kick.”

However former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann disagreed on BBC One, saying: “He would have been my number one penalty taker. You need him to set the tone.”

‘Finish of the dream’

Brazil’s World Cup was ended by a European nation for the sixth consecutive match, and so they final beat a aspect from that continent within the 2002 last in opposition to Germany.

That was additionally the final of their 5 World Cup triumphs, and it has been 20 years since a non-European aspect lifted the trophy.

The statistics make for grim studying for Brazil.

The South American aspect have been gradual starters and have failed to attain within the first half of six of their previous seven matches within the competitors.

Had Vinicius Junior or Neymar put away the alternatives that fell their manner within the opening interval it might have been a unique consequence.

Tite’s males additionally turned the primary workforce in World Cup historical past to be eradicated from a knockout match through which they scored the opening objective throughout additional time.

In the meantime, the final time a nation ranked world primary reached the semi-finals was when Brazil did so again in 1998.

“It is not only myself that loses, the entire team loses,” mentioned Tite. “We tried to focus on chances and finishing. Our strategy was to increase the volume – we had 19 chances and 11 shots at goal. They could not have one shot on target.

“I perceive I’m probably the most accountable one, however we’re all liable for this loss. That’s soccer. Typically you win, typically you lose.”

Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Twitter:external-link “Brazil labored arduous. Neymar scored a ravishing objective and the workforce deserved higher. My respect to the gamers and supervisor.

“Let’s keep moving forward because in life we can never give up.”

Brazil web site Globo Esporte bemoaned the ‘finish of the dream’ on its residence web page.

It was for Tite, his gamers and all Brazil supporters.

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