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Croatia beats Brazil to advance tohe 2022 World Cup semifina

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Croatia beats Brazil to advance to the 2022 World Cup semifinals

Croatia does it again - winning a penalty kick shootout to advance to the semifinals for the second World Cup, eliminating Brazil. Croatias defense stymied the 5-time champions the entire match.

Croatia stuns top-ranked Brazil to advance to the World Cup semifinals

Bruno Petković of Croatia celebrates after evening the game 1-1 in extra time against Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.Lars Baron/Getty Imageshide caption

Bruno Petković of Croatia celebrates after evening the game 1-1 in extra time against Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

DOHA, Qatar Theres been an epic upset at theWorld Cupin Qatar.

Croatia beat tournament favorite and 1 world ranked Brazil 1-1 (4-2) in a gut-wrenching penalty kick shootout.

Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković, whoblocked three shots in an earlier shootout with Japan, blocked the first kick, by Brazilian forward Rodrygo. From there, Croatia was successful on four straight shots. When veteran defender Marquinhos stepped up for Brazils fourth attempt, he needed to convert or the match was over. His shot hit the left post, and the Croatian team erupted in joy.

Meanwhile, Brazilian fans clad in the teams iconic yellow jerseys stood in stunned silence. Their beloved, favored team suddenly was out of the World Cup.

Neymar of Brazil takes a shot against Dejan Lovren of Croatia during the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinal match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.Michael Steele/Getty Imageshide caption

Neymar of Brazil takes a shot against Dejan Lovren of Croatia during the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinal match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Those expecting anotherdance-filled rompby the showy Brazilian side didnt do their homework on Croatia.

The Croats favor a grinding, possession-heavy style, with one of theworlds best midfieldscontrolling the ball and launching attacks. Their games have tended to be drawn out affairs, with their ball control and their stellar defense yielding little to opponents.

In fact, Fridays contest was the 5thof Croatias last 6 matches in the World Cup knockout round that went to extra time.

For Brazilian fans wondering where the goals were from their brilliant offensive attackers, Croatia had given up only two during the entire tournament.

Friday nights first 90 minutes saw repeated Brazilian attacks and shots on goal, several by star forward Neymar. But each one was repelled by stout Croatian defense or Livaković. In the second half alone, Brazil had ten shots on goal.

But for all its highlight grabbing offense, Brazils defense is, and was, outstanding as well. Brazil also had given up only two goals in the tournament leading up to Friday, and its defense didnt even let Croatia get close enough for quality scoring chances. They only attempted three in the second half, and none were on target.

But finally, Brazil broke through in stoppage time of the first half of extra time. Another relentless charge at the Croatian goal paid off for Neymar, as he and Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paquet worked a beautiful give-and-go play. Neymar passed to Paquet, who passed it back, and then it was a matter of Neymar creating the opening around Livaković, who slid at the ball while Neymar darted to the side and chipped in the score.

The goal, the 77thof Neymars career, tied him with the legendary star Pel for most international goals by a Brazilian mens player.

Relieved Brazilian fans roared their approval from Education City Stadium in Doha to Rio de Janeiro.

But then that turned to stunned silence with the second half of extra time winding down.

In the 117thminute, Croatia went on the attack, and from the left side of the field, forward Mislav Oršić sent a crossing pass to the middle. Another forward, Bruno Petković, collected and fired in a left-footed shot for the equalizer.

From there, it was on to the not-for-the-faint-of-heart shootout, stunningly won by the team in their own iconic red-checked jerseys. For Brazil, it was their sixth loss at the quarterfinals. Four of those defeats have come during the last five World Cups.

Croatia, a finalist at the last World Cup, now moves into the semifinals of this one, to play the winner of the Friday late match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Croatia players celebrate their win via a penalty shootout as Marquinhos of Brazil reacts to missing his kick during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Croatia and Brazil.Buda Mendes/Getty Imageshide caption

Croatia players celebrate their win via a penalty shootout as Marquinhos of Brazil reacts to missing his kick during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Croatia and Brazil.

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