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World Cup: Croatia smashes Brazil's dreams and will see the semis

2022-12-09T18:03:27.944Z

Vice-world champions in 2018, the Croats eliminated the all-powerful Seleçao on penalties this Friday, in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.



Croatia is the first country qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar after a victory snatched at the end of the penalty shootout (1-1, 4 pens to 2) against Brazil.

The finalists of the 2018 edition had nevertheless conceded a goal signed by the essential Neymar in extra time after an incursion by the striker into the box in the 105th minute of play. The reward for a clear domination in favor of the South Americans .

After a closed and very tactical first period, the Brazilians had gradually taken the measure of the Croats, dominated technically but above all physically.

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Exhausted, Luka Modric's teammates found the resources to equalize thanks to Petkovic (1-1, 117th) on a deflected shot by Marquinhos.

The penalty shootout turned in favor of the European selection after the failures of Rodrygo (stoppage) and Marquinhos (shot on the post) in front of Livakovic.

Croatia will face the winner of the match between Argentina and the Netherlands (8:00 p.m.) this Friday evening.

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Source: lefigaro

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