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Croatia upset Brasil in penalty shootout to advance to semi-finals

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The Samba Boys from Brazil failed to dance again at the knockout stages of of FIFA World Cup tournament after suffering elimination against Croatia on Friday evening at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar.

Dominik Livakovic was Croatia’s penalty shoot-out hero once again as the 2018 finalists ended Brazil’s World Cup dream.

Neymar thought he had booked a place in the semifinals for the six-time winners, with stunning extra-time effort illuminating the contest after a goalless 90 minutes,But Zlatko Dalic’s remarkable team produced a sting in the tail when substitute Bruno Petkovic beat Alisson with a deflected strike in the 117th minute.

Croatia were then perfect from the spot, scoring four out of four. Livakovic saved from Rodrygo on Brazil’s first kick and Marquinhos rattled the post, meaning his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Neymar was left high and dry, waiting on a fifth penalty that never happened in a 4-2 defeat on spot kicks.

Croatia will face the winner of Argentina and the Netherlands in the first semi-final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar on Tuesday.

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