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World Cup 2022: Croatia eliminates Brazil in a penalty shootout and advances to the semifinals


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.

Dominik Livakovic of Croatia and teammates celebrate qualifying for the semi-finals while Marquinhos of Brazil looks dejected after being knocked out of the World Cup during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Croatia and Brazil in the Education City Stadium on December 9, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
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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.

Brazil's Neymar reacts with Thiago Silva, left, and Dani Alves after the loss on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on 9 December 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.  .

Brazil’s Neymar reacts with Thiago Silva, left, and Dani Alves after the loss on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on 9 December 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. .
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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.

Players of Croatia celebrate their victory via penalty shootout during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 9, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar .

Players of Croatia celebrate their victory via penalty shootout during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter-final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 9, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar .
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Croatia will face the winner of the Argentina vs Holland game on Friday, starting at 2 pm ET.

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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