After a two-day break, the FIFA World Cup 2022 continued on Friday with Croatia toppling Brazil at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar in the first game of the quarter-finals of the tournament.
The game was scoreless for the first 90 minutes as Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković made several saves to knock Brazil off the board. Brazil finally broke through in the first extra-time session when Neymar scored. However, in the final minutes of extra time, Bruno Petkovic scored to level the game and send it to penalties.
Croatia looked comfortable in the penalty shootout. He scored in all four rounds and Livaković denied Rodrygo, while Marquinhos’ penalty hit the post to send Croatia through to the semi-finals.
There’s still a semifinal up for grabs on Friday, when the Netherlands take on Argentina (2 p.m. ET, FOX). The winners will advance to face off in the semi-finals, which begin on Tuesday, December 13.
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Croatia vs Brazil
13′: Croatia create chances
Mario Pasalic’s center just failed to connect with Ivan Perisic in net, which would have given a struggling Croatian side a 1-0 lead in this tournament.
20′: Accurate pass, but no goal
Brazil’s pass was on point in the attacking area. However, Vinícius Júnior’s shot was blocked to keep the game scoreless.
25′: danilo Reserve
The Brazilian full-back received a yellow card for his dangerous first-half challenge.
42′: Neymar denied
The Brazilian star had a golden chance from a free-kick just before half-time. His shot wasn’t good enough as Dominik Livaković managed to make the save for Croatia to keep the game scoreless before halftime.
47′: Stopped kick and beauty!
Livaković nearly made the splits to make the save and keep Brazil out of the picture in the opening minutes of the second half.
55′: Dominating Dominik
The Croatian keeper continued to make sharp saves, again using his legs to make a save on Neymar.
66′: Livaković won’t let Brazil score
The Croatian keeper was the reason the game was still goalless for the first 66 minutes as he made his fifth save by stopping Lucas Paquetá’s shot in front of the net. While Brazil managed five shots on goal, Croatia didn’t manage one in the first 70 minutes.
80′: Brazil still can’t get past Livaković
Paquetá was again stopped by the Croatian keeper as the game went scoreless at the end of the second half.
Full-time: Brazil-Croatia in overtime
Brazil were never able to capitalize on their many chances in the first 90 minutes of the match, registering 15 shots in total, eight of them on goal. Croatia, meanwhile, didn’t have many chances.
Thus, the opening match of the quarter-finals went to overtime.
105′ + 1′: Neymar puts Brazil ahead
The Brazilian star finally broke through with a memorable goal to put his team up 1-0.
Neymar scores for Brazil in extra time to take a 1-0 lead over Croatia
Neymar scores for Brazil in extra time to give them a 1-0 lead over Croatia in extra time.
117 ‘: Croatia equalize in the last minutes!
Croatia leveled the game in the dying minutes of extra time when Bruno Petkovic scored from a cross that brought a brief moment of euphoria.
Bruno Petkovic scores in added time to level Croatia and Brazil
Bruno Petkovic scores for Croatia to level the score in extra time.
- Nikola Vlasic converted the first penalty kick for Croatia, going straight down the middle
- Livaković denied Rodrygo on Brazil’s first shot on goal, giving Croatia a 1-0 first-round lead
- Lovro Majer scored to put Croatia ahead 2-0 to open the PK second round
- Casemiro put Brazil on the board to make it 2-1 in favor of Croatia in the first two rounds of PK
- Luka Modric scored for Croatia to open the third round, giving Croatia a 3-1 lead and keeping the pressure on Brazil
- Pedro scored for Brazil to make it 3-2 in favor of Croatia in the first three rounds
- Mislav Orsic took his penalty for Croatia to open the fourth round and make it 4-2, now forcing Brazil to score and make a save
- Marquinhos’ shot hit the left post, giving Croatia the win and ending Brazil’s World Cup
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