Croatia knock Brazil out of World Cup after penalty shootout

While Neymar may be on the same level as Pele in one way, he may never be with him in another. Even the day he tied Brazil’s record for most goals scored, it was a sad and heartbreaking moment. Pelé was a three-time winner of the 2022 World Cup and at the age 30 Neymar’s chances to ever lift the trophy may have vanished due to a display of Croatian defiance.

This tournament may not have been defined by Neymar but by Dominik Livakovic, the penalty king, who demonstrated his skill in open play and the extraordinary stubbornness of the Croatian team. A country of just 4 million people is in its second consecutive semi-final. The favorites are out. There will be no sixth World Cup for the Seleção. At least not right now.

Croatia, serial shootout stars, kept their spirits high from 12 yards away. Nikola Vlasic scored, as did Lovro Majer and Luka Modric. Brazil were out when Rodrygo’s spot-kick was blocked by Livakovic. Marquinhos had their fourth attempt at the post and Brazil were out. Neymar, who was supposedly supposed to take fifth, was not used. He He landed shaking his head in center circle. It produced a completely different picture than the happy scenes when he seemed like he had sent Brazil through. Croatia, the most inept of rivals, managed to score an equalizer in the 116thminute, just one minute after their first shot on target.

As such, in a World Brazil’s Cup was populated by stars, and Brazil found its archenemies with Livakovic and Bruno Petkovic, Dinamo Zagreb goalkeepers and Dinamo Zagreb scorers.

Brazil was not spared this fate. Brazil was again cursed by the quarterfinals. They are now incapable of beating Europeans when it really matters. Their fifth title is now theirs. World Cup 2002, they had four exits in eight of the last eight. Five times in a row they have been to European teams. This was their most unlikely exit. Neymar’s goal in overtime looked to be the decisiving factor.

Faced with a crowded defense, he traded passes to Lucas Paqueta to avoid all of them, bypass Livakovic and get a shot above the retreating BornaSosa. This time, the festivities didn’t include the same rehearsed routine Roy Keane is annoyed by. Neymar was surrounded with teammates, their cheers reflecting both the magnitude of Pele’s match and the possibility of a semi final place.

Croatia’s ability is almost unrivalled in staging comebacks. With 116 minutes remaining, Orsic moved up the right, picking out Petkovic. He then ricocheted his shot off Marquinhos to beat Alisson. Petkovic was given a yellow card for his wild reactions. However, the substitute thought it was worth it as he saw his teammates succeed from the spot.

Brazil paid the price for being unimpressive for most of the game. However, Livakovic still made the most saves in this game. World Cup, with 10. The long game was won by Croatia’s passers. It was the eighth time that they had reached extra time in their nine knockout matches. They didn’t panic. They never panic.

Modric was a marvel and extended his epic reach. World Brazil may not have had enough midfielders to displace him, making his Cup career even more difficult. Even at 37, he is a poor passer and Brazil lacks a playmaker with his level of skill. Modric admitted that Brazil was the favourites but Croatia didn’t play as an underdog, despite having long been lacking a final product.

Josip Juranovic’s performance was outstanding and Danilo might be sent to for planting his studs in the Celtic defense’s head. He Croatians showed a willingness for forward movement and the most promising moves of Croatia were often made using the right-back. He They were given their first chance with a cross by Mario Pasalic, Ivan Perisic, and Mario Pasalic, who is often the top scorer.

Juranovic was not the only one to succeed. Josko Gvardiol’s name has already improved this tournament. It seemed to grow again as Dejan Lovren, beside him, seemed to have discovered the secret to time travel and turned back the clock to its zenith.

Livakovic was also a shootout hero in Croatia

(Getty Images)

Brazil had scored four goals to win South Korea, but Croatia was much more resilient. Tite’s team were subdued just before the break when Vinicius Junior was their brightest forward. He Tite was unfortunate to be removed on the hour. He had first traded Raphinha in exchange for Antony, and then he put in Rodrygo. Richarlison’s influence grew after the break and he was eventually replaced. Only Neymar remained a constant in the attacking quartet, and he was able to show why.

Brazil was first to encounter Livakovic, an inspiring player. Tite’s side came out with more determination after the break. Livakovic had two more saves to save Gvardiol’s goal and stop Vinicius Junior. Richarlison was able to go deep twice to free Neymar. Each could have been a record, but Livakovic made the second save. Paqueta was also denied twice. Once when he scored on goal.

Petkovic showed a brutal skill to give Marcelo Brzovic a chance. It was a sign he had more to say. After Neymar’s strike, he responded the same way. It was then back to Livakovic. Brazil couldn’t beat him twice, and they still have four years to think of another. World Cup they didn’t win.