Croatia slams Brazil on pens and making its way to semi-finals
"Croatia cavort in delight!" - Guardian's Scott Murray comments on Croatia victory over Brazil in Quarter-Finals of the World Cup. "They’ve done a number on the pre-tournament favourites. Luka Modric smiles beatifically. Neymar stares at a point approximately one thousand yards into the distance. What a goal he scored! One that so nearly took his country one step closer to that elusive sixth title! But Brazil will have to wait at least another four years to slake a thirst that stretches back to 2002. The Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan falls quiet, the Croatian fans apart. The majority within had wanted Brazil to win … but they haven’t got their way. On the BBC, Mark Chapman observes that the “air has gone out of this stadium big time.” A lot of footage of Brazilian fans in tears. You’ll be seeing that replayed over and over again for the next four years at least."
"There seems to be a general sense of disbelief in the stadium. Many of the Brazil fans remain in situ, perhaps to sportingly congratulate Croatia as the delighted victors pose with their flag for a squad photo. Or maybe they’re just in shock. Brazil surely thought they’d made it to the semis, with Neymar and Antony doing the professional thing in running the clock down. But then, with Fred preparing to break through the Croatian back line, Joško Gvardiol made a crunching tackle, Luka Modric sent his team off on one last counter … and here we all are. What a World Cup story this is! One for the ages … but one that could take Brazil some getting over. Neymar is in floods. Absolutely stricken with grief. He crumples to the floor and it takes Thiago Silva some effort to haul him up and into his arms. It’s lovely to watch Croatia celebrate; it’s not so easy watching Brazil come to terms with what’s happened."
Croatia 4-2 Brazil. Marquinhos slams his penalty off the base of the left-hand post, and Croatia are through to the semi-finals again! Brazil are out!
Within a Full Time ending with two zeros, both teams have shown their effort in Extras. Two stunts by Neymar (105+1) and Petkovic (117).
Croatia: Dominik Livakovic, Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa (Budimir, 109′), Marcelo Brozovic (Orsic, 113′), Mateo Kovacic (Majer, 105′), Luka Modric, Pasalic (Vlasic, 72′), Mario Perisic, Andrej Kramaric (Petkovic, 72).
Brazil: Alisson, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Lucas Paqueta (Fred, 105′), Casemiro, Raphinha (Antony, 55′) Neymar, Vinicius Jr (Rodrygo, 63′), Richarlison (Pedro, 84′).