Croatia scored the equalizer at the end of extra time then won the penalty shootout to beat favorites Brazil.
Croatia knocked out favorites Brazil from the World Cup, beating the five-time champions 4-2 on penalties in the quarter-finals after drawing 1-1 in 120 minutes.
The 2018 runners-up got through to a second consecutive penalty shootout after beating Japan also on penalties in the round of 16 and will now face either the Netherlands or Argentina, who will play each other then.
In a tense and dramatic evening, Brazilian superstar Neymar thought he had won the game when he scored in extra time for the five-time world champion.
But instead of defending their lead, they sought a second goal and were punished when Croatian substitute Bruno Petkovic scored a left-footed equalizer three minutes into extra time, leaving Brazilian heart is broken.
After a tense first half at the Education City Stadium on Friday, nothing could separate the two most popular teams in the tournament, Brazil and Croatia, with both sides having half a chance in the match. a free game, but nothing obvious.
If anything, Croatia enjoyed their best chance of the half, as, in the 13th minute, Ivan Perisic could only miss a Mario Pasalic pass that went past Alisson’s post.
The Brazilian, who has now lost four of his last five World Cup quarter-finals to European rivals, had a much better start to the second half and closed again in the 66th minute when Lucas Paqueta was denied by Livakovic.
Defender Josip Juranovic’s handball request was denied after a VAR review before Neymar was overtaken by Richarlison in the 55th minute only for Livakovic to save the effort at close range.
The Croatian keeper kept busy and saved Neymar again in the 76th minute, and by that time he had made more saves in the game (seven) than his Brazilian counterpart, Alisson, had in the entire tournament. match (year).
Livakovic saved another Paqueta shot five minutes later as the few hundred Brazilian fans in the stands grew louder and more impatient and the game went into extra time with Brazil coach Tite clearly visible. worried.
After 90 goalless minutes, Brazil led 1-0 thanks to a magic solo in extra time from Neymar.
He launched an attack outside the box, playing two consecutive first halfs to break through a weary Croatian defense and then overtake the keeper to equal the ball legend’s 77 international goals. Brazilian Pele stone. Top scorer of all time.
But the intrepid Croatia refused to give up, and equalized when Bruno Petkovic scored in the 117th minute.
They then took the lead in the penalty shootout when Livakovic saved Rodrygo’s penalty and Marquinos hit the post, leaving Neymar and his teammates in tears.
Croatia, dreaming of their first world championship, will next face Argentina or the Netherlands, who will play later tonight.