Match favourites Brazil had been knocked out of the World Cup on penalties as Croatia saved their nerve to edge by way of to the semi-finals.
Croatia, crushed finalists 4 years in the past, scored with all 4 of their spot-kicks as Rodrygo – taking his crew’s first kick – was denied by the sensible Dominik Livakovic and Marquinhos’ essential fourth effort struck the publish.
Because the ball hit the foot of the woodwork and bounced away, Croatia’s crew sprinted to have fun with their goalkeeper, whereas the Brazil gamers hit the turf, realizing 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 additional 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 heading in the right direction within the match to take the sport to the nerve-shredding shootout.
And it was the European aspect who emerged victorious as soon as extra, having finished so by the identical methodology 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 had been supposed to bounce by way of to the final 4 of their quest for an additional star on their shirt however their hopes had been ended within the cruellest vogue.
Neymar, who scored his 77th worldwide objective to equal Pele’s official mark, now shares a document recognised by Fifa however not the nationwide crew – as additionally they counted objectives netted by their three-time World Cup winner in friendlies in opposition to membership sides.
And the Paris St-Germain ahead won’t 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 crew from Europe.
This was alleged to be Neymar’s second, standing up for his aspect once they wanted him most with a medical end to finish a slick crew 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 beyond the impressed Livakovic, who made a complete of 11 saves, probably the most by a goalkeeper at this event.
Although most had been routine, Livakovic needed to be in the best place on the proper time to make the cease and he actually was with Brazil’s first penalty, diving the best solution to push out Rodrygo’s strike.
Croatia are a well-organised and cussed outfit, however they didn’t managed a shot heading in the right direction 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 additional time.
As soon as this one went to penalties, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, the evergreen Luka Modric and Mislav Orsic had been all profitable with their efforts, whereas Neymar was not among the many first 4 Brazilians penalty-takers, presumably left to take a decisive fifth which by no means got here.
The second successive shootout success for Croatia sends them by way of to their third World Cup semi-final.
- 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 Further Time ends, Croatia 1, Brazil 1.
Hand ball by Fred (Brazil).
Try saved. Casemiro (Brazil) left footed shot from the left aspect 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 best 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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