Croatia surprised the soccer followers internationally after they knocked Brazil out on penalties within the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Friday. After the match ended at 1-1 scoreline, Brazil’s Rodrygo missed the primary penalty for the aspect whereas Marquinhos didn’t web the do-or-die spot kick, guaranteeing a second-successive semi-final spot for Croatia. Incidentally, Croatia have not received a single knock-out match inside 90 minutes within the World Cup because the earlier version, the place they’d reached the ultimate.
Neymar had damaged the impasse within the damage time in further time (105+1′); nonetheless, the euphoria did not final lengthy for Brazil as substitute Bruno Petkovic equalized for Croatia with merely three minutes remaining on the clock.
Incidentally, Croatia had overwhelmed Japan on penalties as properly and as soon as once more, their goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic rose to the event as he saved two spot kicks from Rodrygo and Marquinhos to information the aspect to the semi-finals of the match.
Five of Croatia’s final six matches at World Cups have gone to further time, together with in its penalty shootout win over Japan within the spherical of 16 in Qatar. The workforce has been profitable in eight of its final 10 knockout matches on the match.
Brazil, nonetheless, have now didn’t qualify for the semi-finals because the 2014 version that passed off at their dwelling. The workforce had confronted a 1-2 defeat towards Belgium within the quarter-final of the 2018 version of the match.
In 2014, the aspect confronted an embarrassing defeat by the hands of eventual champions Germany, that humbled a Neymar-less dwelling aspect 7-1 – to this date, it stays the all time scoreline for a profitable aspect within the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup.
Brazil was attempting to defeat a European opponent within the knockout stage of the World Cup for the primary time because the 2002 last towards Germany, when Ronaldo scored each targets in a 2-0 victory for the aspect.