In a sensational match between Brazil and Croatia in the first quarter-final of the Qatar World Cup 2022, the fans witnessed something historic. The five times world champions bade goodbye to their ongoing world cup dream after losing the match to the 2018 runners-up.
This has left Brazil fans heartbroken, with pictures of a dejected Neymar going viral soon after the match ended. On the other hand, the Croatian magic seems to be stunning and getting stronger from 2018 as they get through the semis of the current World Cup.
Brazil’s World Cup dream ends after a defeat against Croatia
After a goalless 90-minute game, the match moved to additional time. A sensational kick from Neymar to land the ball inside the goal deceiving the stunning Croatian keeper Livakovic, made Brazil fans go crazy.
Just when the Croatian dream to enter the semis seemed to be shattering, a sensational display from Bruno Petkovic in the 117th minute left the opponents stunned and lit the hopes for Croatia.
Brazil created a terrific chance at the 120+2 minute when Casemiro hit the ball intricately from Neymar’s pass with his left foot but couldn’t dodge the Croatian keeper.
The penalty shootout was amazing for Croatia, as they hit all four targets right on the spot. But, it was only Casemiro and Pedro from Brazil to hit the target, with Rodyrgo and Marquinhos missing the other two and ensuring the exit from the World Cup.
Full of surprises
The Qatar World Cup 2022 has proved to be a great stunner time and again. Brazil’s exit from the tournament is surely sad, but one can’t ignore the magical efforts of Croatia. They’ll await the Argentina-Netherlands champion in the semi-final.