The Brazil’s sixth world title will have to wait: Luka Modric’s Croatia won on penalties (1-1, 4-2) to the South Americans, this Friday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar 2022y he advanced for the second time in a row to the semifinal of the tournament.
Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Modric and Mislav Orsic scored for the Europeans, runners-up in Russia-2018, while Rodrygo and Marquinhos missed their shots at the Education City stadium.
After the elimination, the Brazilian press echoed the news: “The dream of the sixth is for 2026: in a dramatic game, Brazil loses on penalties”, headlined the newspaper O’Globo.
For his part, Sheet de São Paulo headlined: “Brazil loses on penalties against Croatia and is left out of the Cup.”
Meanwhile, the sports newspaper Lance analyzed: “Out of the World Cup: Brazil scores a goal at the end, falls on penalties to Croatia and is eliminated from the World Cup.”
In addition, Veja magazine added: “Brazil loses to Croatia on penalties and is eliminated from the Cup.”
The Brazil’s sixth world title will have to wait: Luka Modric’s Croatia beat the South Americans on penalties (1-1, 4-2), this Friday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar, and advanced for the second time in a row to the semifinal of the tournament.
With defensive solidity, order in the midfield and the unflinching reflexes of goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, the runners-up in Russia-2018 eliminated one of the big favorites to win the star in the first Arab World Cup.
Though Neymar was excited to avoid penalties with a great goal in minute 105+1, after teaming up with Rodrygo and Lucas Paquetá, and with whom he equaled Pelé (77 goals) as the ‘Canarinha’s’ top scorer, the attacker Bruno Petkovic gave the Croats another life after beating Alisson with a left-footed shot (117).
Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Modric and Mislav Orsic scored for the Europeans from the white pointwhile Rodrygo and Marquinhos failed to score their shots at Education City Stadium.
The blow is a hard blow for Neymar’s generation, that at the age of 30 accumulates a new World Cup failure after the 7-1 beating against Germany in the semifinals in Brazil-2014 and the 2-1 loss against Belgium in the quarterfinals in Russia.
It remains to be seen if the PSG star will comply with the announcement launched in October 2021, when he stated that Qatar would be his last World Cup.