Celebrations in Zagreb: Croatia beat Brazil and advanced to the semi-finals (Twitter)
The Croatian national team has done it again.
Four and a half years after she stunned the world when she reached the final of the World Cup in Russia, tonight (Friday) she took a very significant step towards a second final in a row.
The Croatians met Brazil, who was considered the favorite to win according to the betting agencies, they also dragged it to extra time, thanks to a dramatic tie they transferred the decision to a penalty shootout and after 1:1 in 120 minutes and 2:4 from 11 meters, the world runner-up in the semi-finals A second World Cup in a row - a meeting against Argentina or the Netherlands is far from another final almost against all odds, certainly if you take into account that in all of its last nine games in the knockout stages of major tournaments, the only game that was not decided by overtime or penalties was the final against France in 2018.
Watch the recap of Croatia's sensational victory over Brazil en route to the World Cup semi-finals courtesy of Kaan 11 - the official broadcaster of the 2022 World Cup. Live broadcasts, recaps, statistics and more await you on the Kaan World Cup page
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Modric and Dalic (Photo: Reuters)
The happy coach Zlatko Dalic said at the end: "This is Croatia! I told you that we should not be eulogized. We are a team full of pride, honor and patriotism. Everyone gave their best and I congratulate them on a new chapter in the history of Croatia that is written in their name. My players are simply not normal! We A country of three and a half million inhabitants and this is the second time in a row that we are in the semi-finals of the World Cup, I am simply proud. I also want to congratulate my 'friends' who wrote to me that they don't see Croatia in the World Cup - now you do!"
Big star Luka Modric added: "We have proven time and time again that we never give up. Nobody believed in us before this World Cup."
At the end, the Real Madrid player consoled his good friend Rodrigo, who missed a penalty in the decisive duel.
"I was his age when I missed against Turkey in 2008," said the captain.
"He should be congratulated for having the strength and mentality to kick. It will strengthen us."
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'My heart annihilated them.
We will beat whoever our next opponent is." Orsich (Photo: Reuters)
In Croatia, they went out of their way after the big sensation and on the website "vecernji" they chose the title "How do you explain it?! Pinch yourself. This is the best Christmas present you will ever receive, it is impossible to explain how Croatia reaches the semi-finals again, it's more luck than God - it's character , heart and talent".
Mislav Orsic, the substitute striker who scored the equalizer for Petkovic, was asked who he would like to see in the semi-finals and replied: "We just made history, I have no words. We fought, we gave everything to prevent Brazil from scoring and she got into many situations, but my heart Just eliminate them. We can do even more than that, we'll beat whoever our next opponent is."
Bruno Petkovich, the scorer of the equalizing goal, also complimented the hero of the game, goalkeeper Libakovich: "'Libi' always makes life easier for us, this time he saved the first penalty."
And what did Libakovich say in conclusion?
"Thank God we won on penalties again. Brazil is an excellent team and everyone said it was the best and played the best football, but we fought, we gave our hearts and it was enough to pass. We didn't give up for a moment and it was worth it."
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