World Cup: Croatia Eliminate Brazil On Penalties, Book Semi-Final Spot



Dominik Livakovic celebrates win against Brazil

Dominik Livakovic was the hero once again for the Croatian national team as they overcame the Samba Boys of Brazil 4-2 on penalties at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar.

A stunning goal from sensational Brazilian playmaker, Neymar in the closing minutes of the first half of extra-time made it seem the Samba Boys would be going to the semi-finals, however, Bruno Petkovic’s late goal made sure the game would go into penalties.

Dominik Livakovic, who was the standout performer and made 11 saves in the 120 minutes before the shoot-out, had saved Rodrygo‘s first effort, with Neymar not taking a penalty as the favourites were sent packing.

Dominik Livakovic, Croatian Goalkeeper

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Neymar‘s record-equaling goal was in vain as Brazil as he watched his side lose 4-2 penalty shoot-out after the exhilarating encounter.

Brazil seemed destined for the semi-finals when Neymar scored his 77th international goal, matching the great Pele, midway through extra-time at Education City Stadium.


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Yet Bruno Petkovic‘s strike deflected in off Marquinhos with four minutes remaining to force a shoot-out and the Brazil defender then missed his spot-kick to send Croatia into the last four.

Equally, Croatia finished as the runners-up at the 2018 FIFA World cup tournament in Russia where they lost 4-2 to France.


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