Tournament favourites Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup on penalties as Croatia kept their nerve to edge through to the semi-finals.
Croatia, beaten finalists four years ago, scored with all four of their spot-kicks as Rodrygo – taking his team’s first kick – was denied by the brilliant Dominik Livakovic and Marquinhos’ crucial fourth effort struck the post.
As the ball hit the foot of the woodwork and bounced away, Croatia’s players sprinted to celebrate with their goalkeeper, while the Brazil team hit the turf, knowing their dream of a sixth crown had come to an end.
After an engrossing 90 minutes, Tite’s men thought they have won it in extra time when Neymar scored a thumping effort to equal Brazil’s ‘official’ men’s goalscoring record.
But substitute Bruno Petkovic had other ideas, stroking in a 116th-minute equaliser with Croatia’s first shot on target in the match to take the game to the nerve-shredding shootout.
And it was the European side who emerged victorious once more, having done so by the same method against Japan in the last 16, to set up a semi-final meeting with the Netherlands or Argentina on Tuesday.
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- 19SosaSubstituted forBudimirat 110′minutes
- 11BrozovicBooked at 31minsSubstituted forOrsicat 114′minutes
- 8KovacicSubstituted forMajerat 105′minutes
- 15PasalicSubstituted forVlasicat 72′minutes
- 9KramaricSubstituted forPetkovicat 72′minutesBooked at 117mins
- 14MilitãoSubstituted forAlex Sandroat 105′minutes
- 4MarquinhosBooked at 77mins
- 3Thiago Silva
- 2DaniloBooked at 25mins
- 7Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forFredat 105′minutes
- 5CasemiroBooked at 68mins
- 11RaphinhaSubstituted forAntonyat 56′minutes
- 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forRodrygoat 64′minutes
- 9RicharlisonSubstituted forPedroat 84′minutes
- 6Alex Sandro
- 13Alves da Silva
- 17Bruno Guimarães
- 22Éverton Ribeiro
- Michael Oliver
Match ends, Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2).
Penalty Shootout ends, Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2).
Penalty missed! Still Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2). Marquinhos (Brazil) hits the left post with a right footed shot.
Goal! Croatia 1(4), Brazil 1(2). Mislav Orsic (Croatia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Goal! Croatia 1(3), Brazil 1(2). Pedro (Brazil) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
Goal! Croatia 1(3), Brazil 1(1). Luka Modric (Croatia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Goal! Croatia 1(2), Brazil 1(1). Casemiro (Brazil) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Goal! Croatia 1(2), Brazil 1. Lovro Majer (Croatia) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.
Penalty saved! Rodrygo (Brazil) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
Goal! Croatia 1(1), Brazil 1. Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.
Penalty Shootout begins Croatia 1, Brazil 1.
Second Half Extra Time ends, Croatia 1, Brazil 1.
Hand ball by Fred (Brazil).
Attempt saved. Casemiro (Brazil) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Marquinhos (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).
Antony (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Lovro Majer (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josip Juranovic.
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