Croatia has advanced to the world cup semifinals after eliminating tournament favorites Brazil in a thrilling penalty shootout on Friday.
Croatia put in a perfect performance in the shootout, going four of four, while goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved Brazil’s first attempt by striker Rodrygo.
Marquinhos would wait keep Brazil’s chances alive on the fourth attempt, but hit the post, ending the five-time world champion’s journey.
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The match ended in a 0-0 draw at the end of regulation time, but Brazilian superstar Neymar he would score his 77th goal for his country in the first half of extra time, seemingly crushing Croatia’s chances of advancing to the semi-finals for the first time since 2014, when they hosted the tournament.
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However, Croatian striker Bruno Petkovic equalized the score at the 117 mark, forcing a penalty shootout.
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Croatia have repeatedly taken the long way to reach the final in this tournament. they defeated japan in the round of 16 to advance to Friday’s game, and five of their last six World Cup games have gone to extra time.
Croatia will face the winner of the Argentina vs Holland game on Friday, starting at 2 pm ET.
Associated Press contributed to this report.