Luka Modric will keep, Brazil is not going to.
Marquinhos’s penalty kick despatched Dominik Livacovic the incorrect manner however ricocheted off the put up as Croatia pulled off one other tie-breaker win, the second time they got here from behind to do this in Doha. Marquinhos slumped, as did a lot of his mates on the touchline. Croatians streamed in the direction of Livakovic. On method to their third World Cup semi-final, Croatia beat Brazil for the primary time 4-2 within the penalty shootout after the groups have been locked 1-1.
Livakovic had stopped Rodrygo’s penalty that got here at a snug peak and it fetched him one other player-of-the-match award on an evening he made a lot of saves to assist Croatia stretch the night time into the penalties.
Neymar Jr strike within the a hundred and fifth minute helped him equal Pele’s mark of 77 worldwide targets however Croatia equalised via Bruno Petkovic off a counter-attack, his shot deflecting off Marquinhos simply sufficient to beat Allision within the 116th minute.
Everytime Neymar probed, Livakovic parried. Till when he dropped deep, set the transfer going with a slick alternate of passes with Rodrygo and Lucas Paqueta, summoned sufficient sinew to go previous Croatia’s left again Borna Sosa, spherical off Livakovic and bulge the roof. Brazil thought they’d performed sufficient. Only they’d not.
Till Neymar’s aim, the night time had belonged to Modric’s and Livakovic. By the thirty fourth minute, chants of “Luka, Luka” have been being belted from one aspect of the stands. The response was quick. The boos although couldn’t cover what was in plain sight. Modric wasn’t performed with Doha but.
Modric had appeared down and smiled shyly on being instructed by a journalist that he has developed a kinship with the Croatia star, having seen his poster round a constructing over the previous month. On Friday, Modric made it clear he wished Doha to really feel his residing, respiration self, one who imposes himself on soccer video games.
A momentary lapse in focus from Casemiro had Modric swooping on the ball. He was there simply outdoors the Croatia penalty space ready for a clearance to set issues going for the group in purple checks. He duly did. Then, Modric discovered Josip Juranovic with a go so swift and sudden that caught unexpectedly Danilo was booked for a excessive boot on the Croatia full again.
Always able to be a passing choice, Modric was additionally defending, which is what Croatia needed to do for many of the recreation. “Luka, Luka” broke out once more within the thirty ninth minute. Marquinhos prepared to get into the e book by wrapping his arms round him as Croatia tried to interrupt following a 77th minute Brazil corner-kick was proof of the sort of night time Modric was having. In the 96th minute, Modric dispossessed Marquinhos. More chants of “Luka, Luka.” One minute later, he nutmegged a Brazilian to seek out Marcelo Brozovic on the opposite aspect.
When Rodrygo appeared to interrupt via, Modric left an elbow on the Brazil broad participant. Of such darkish arts, the night time had many from each groups.
It was an evening when folks of a sure classic have been exhibiting they may nonetheless be related on the game’s greatest stage. Thiago Silva, practically a yr older than Modric who’s 37, pulled a ball again from the byline sprinting like was 25.
It was additionally an evening for the younger to point out they belong to this stage. If Modric was ever able to obtain a go, Josko Gvardiol, 20, was mopping up issues on the again. He blocked a Neymar try quickly after the interval, the transfer calling for a penalty test as a result of the ball had touched Josip Juranovic’s hand coming to nothing. He intercepted a ball meant for Richarlison and like he has proven in each match right here, comfortably carried the ball ahead. On one in all his forays, he misplaced the go and as Brazil tried to construct an assault, Gvardiol noticed Modric filling the hole.
Despite the efforts of Croatia to drop deep as a group and block out Brazil, Livakovic was referred to as into play a number of instances. Vinicius Jr examined him early and Neymar with a free-kick close to half-time. Livakovic once more denied Neymar after Richarlison and Paqueta mixed to seek out Brazil’s No. 10. After holding out a Paqueta try, he denied Neymar once more within the 76th. By then Brazil had 4 gamers with peroxide hair. Two of them mixed for the primary aim. Only for Modric to suck in air, set his hair band proper and shortly after begin the transfer that fetched the equaliser.