2022: Croatia 1-1 Brazil AET (4-2 on pens): Croatia stun five-time world champions in dramatic penalty shootout win


Croatia stunned five-time world champions Brazil with a dramatic 4-2 penalty shootout win at the Education City Stadium to book a place in the World Cup semi-finals – one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

Brazil looked to be labouring to an extra-time win over their stubborn opponents thanks to a moment of magic from forward Neymar, who wrote himself into Brazilian folklore by drawing level on 77 goals with one of the nation’s all-time greats Pele.

Croatia probed, pragmatically, throughout while restricting and stifling Brazil’s usual rhythm before succumbing to Neymar’s brilliance in the first half of extra-time – it was very nearly checkmate.

However, there was a late twist in the enchanting tale when Bruno Petkovic latched onto Mislav Orsic’s cross, benefitting from a cruel Marquinhos deflection which wrong-footed Alisson, to net the latest equalising goal scored in a World Cup game, taking the quarter-final to penalties.



Rodrygo, Brazil’s first taker, and Marquinhos, their last, then both missed their spot-kicks in the deciding shootout, while Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Luka Modric and Orsic completed a perfect Croatian set, ensuring progression to the last four of the tournament.

Croatia have, astonishingly, reached at least the semi-final on all three occasions they have made it safely out of the World Cup group stage (1998, 2018 and 2022).

They will face either Argentina or the Netherlands, who play later on Friday night, for a place in the final.



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