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Croatia beat favorites Brazil on penalties AET

Croatia beat favorites Brazil on penalties after extra time to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was the hero for Croatia once again in the penalty shootout. Livakovic was the hero after saving three Japanese penalties in the previous round.

Croatia stunned five-time world champions and tournament favorites Brazil in a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout.

This time Livakovic kept out Rodrygo’s opening spot-kick to give his team the psychological advantage.

And when Marquinhos struck his effort against the post, the boys from Brazil collapsed to the deck in shock.

Croatia go into a semi-final clash with Argentina or Holland despite drawing four of their five matches in Qatar.

With full-time scores at 0:0, Brazil thought they won it in extra-time when Neymar scored in the 105th minute.

Substitute Bruno Petkovic had other ideas, stroking in a 116th-minute equalizer with Croatia’s first shot on target in the match.

Neymar wrote himself into the history books by drawing level with Brazilian great Pele’s all-time goalscoring record of 77.

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Croatia 2018 finalists pulled off the shock of the tournament as they eliminated Brazil.

After the way Brazil blew away South Korea with four first-half goals in the previous round, it was only natural that Brazil’s followers were anticipating another early blitz from their team.

But they were to be bitterly disappointed as the people’s champions struggled to get out of first gear during the cagey opening exchanges.

And for a team who are supposed to be in love with the ball so much, they give it away easily.

Alfred Saiki
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