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Football World Cup 2022: Brazil eliminated against Croatia

Aus the dream: ripped off Croatians around penalty hero Dominik Livakovic ended Brazil’s hopes of a sixth World Cup title surprisingly early. The team around superstar Neymar had to admit defeat to the 2018 World Cup runners-up in the quarter-finals after a fighting game on penalties 2-4.

After a 0-0 draw in regulation time, Neymar seemingly shot the Brazilians into the semifinals with his goal in extra time (105th minute+1). But Bruno Petković’s goal (117′) tore the favorites out of all their dreams.

As in the round of 16 against Japan, goalkeeper Livakovic became his team’s savior and saved a Rodrygo penalty, while Marquinhos hit the post. In four of the last five world championships, this round was the end for the Seleção, the last time they were in the final was in 2002.

A possible Superclasico against permanent rival Argentina is also eliminated. The Croatians, who have been so harmless in the tournament so far, are likely to dream of a repeat of 2018, led by former world footballer Luka Modric, who has regained his strength.

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