Seeking to safe passage into the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, five-time world champions Brazil took on Croatia on the Training Metropolis Stadium on Friday night (9 December). Buoyed by Dominik Livakovic’s heroic efficiency (11 saves), the Europeans ended Canarinho’s dream, beating them 4-2 on penalties after the sport completed 1-1 at finish of additional time.
It was a frisky begin in Al Rayyan, with neither workforce asserting themselves within the opening exchanges. 5 minutes into the sport, Vinicius Junior discovered himself in a little bit of house on the left flank. He didn’t discover a teammate along with his preliminary cross, however the ball discovered its method again to him. The winger then tried his luck with a roller from the sting of the field but it surely was collected simply by Dominik Livakovic.
Within the thirteenth minute, Croatia orchestrated a lightning-quick counter-attack. Josip Juranovic dashed down the inside-right channel earlier than slipping a cross to Mario Pasalic. The winger swung in a teasing cross into the world, however Ivan Perisic miscued his shot from the middle of the field.
Eight minutes later, Vinicius Junior minimize in from the left flank, performed slightly one-two with Richarlison, and tried to twist the ball into the bottom-right nook. Dejan Lovren put in a wonderful block to maintain the winger from testing the keeper.
Two minutes into the second half, Eder Militao delivered a low cross from the appropriate flank. Josko Gvardiol tried to clear it on the close to publish however guided it in the direction of his personal objective as a substitute. Livakovic popped up with a vital save to cease the ball from entering into.
Within the 66th minute, Lucas Paqueta collected a unfastened ball contained in the Croatian field and hit the ball on the half-volley. Livakovic rushed off his line to disclaim him. 9 minutes later, Neymar rained down on Croatia’s objective from the left flank. Livakovic as soon as once more dashed off his line to smother his shot.
Each groups tried to go forward earlier than the tip of regulation time, however failed to take action. Goalless on the finish of 90 minutes, the match went into further time.
The impasse was lastly damaged by Brazilian celebrity Neymar within the harm time of the primary half of additional time. Neymar obtained a return from Paqueta, tiptoed his method into the field, and produced a elegant end to beat the in-form Livakovic.
Simply when it seemed like Croatia didn’t have any extra left to present, they popped up with a second of magic. Mislav Orsic dashed down the within left channel and located Bruno Petkovic with a low cross inside the world. Petkovic put his foot by way of the ball and located the again of the web with the assistance of a lucky deflection from Marquinhos.
With the sport degree at 1-1 on the finish of additional time, the primary quarter-final on the 2022 FIFA World Cup went to penalties. Rodrygo noticed his penalty saved by Livakovic whereas Marquinhos hit the publish within the shootout. Croatia put away all 4 of their penalties to win the penalty shootout 4-2.
Listed below are three Brazilian gamers who dissatisfied and two who shone as Selecao crashed out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Friday:
Barcelona right-winger Raphinha endured a irritating night on the Training Metropolis Stadium. Croatia marked him tightly, ensuring he didn’t have a lot house to run into. Additionally they saved him from linking up along with his teammates, smothering his creativity.
The previous Leeds United winger neither managed to lodge any photographs nor did he create any goalscoring alternatives. He additionally misplaced a cross, performed solely 17 passes (81% accuracy), and misplaced possession 9 instances. Seeing his hapless state, Tite changed him with Manchester United’s Antony within the 56th minute.
Carried out: Richarlison
Brazilian center-forward Richarlison didn’t lodge any photographs on course in opposition to Croatia. Nevertheless, he nonetheless managed to make a constructive impression on the sport. He held up the ball beautifully, created a number of probabilities, and did fairly nicely in one-on-one duels.
Towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists, Richarlison performed 4 key passes, created two huge probabilities, received three duels, and drew a foul. He additionally helped out defensively, trying a deal with and making a clearance.
Underperformed: Vinicius Junior
Having scored his first FIFA World Cup objective within the 4-1 round-of-16 win over South Korea, Vinicius Junior got here into the match in good spirits. The Actual Madrid man oozed confidence within the opening exchanges, chopping in finely from the left flank. Sadly, he couldn’t sustain the nice work as Croatia tightened their grip round him. He misplaced possession fairly a couple of instances, misplaced his deliveries, and by no means seemed like breaking the impasse.
Earlier than being subbed for Rodrygo within the 66th minute, Vinicius Junior misplaced possession eight instances, misplaced all three of his tried crosses, and solely accomplished eight passes (80% accuracy).
Carried out: Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain celebrity Neymar scored a historic objective to win the sport in opposition to Croatia. Getting on the ball in the course of the park, Neymar handed it to Paqueta who was in a sophisticated place. Having continued his run, Neymar received the return from Paqueta, slid into the sliver of house between the left-back and the center-back, and located the roof of Livakovic’s web.
With the objective, Neymar grew to become the joint-all-time high scorer for Brazil, equalling Pele’s report tally of 77 targets. Neymar additionally performed a key cross, delivered three correct crosses, accomplished three dribbles, drew 4 fouls, and made an interception.
Actual Madrid winger Rodrygo got here on for Vinicius Junior within the 66th minute. The ahead made some encouraging runs and performed a few key passes, however was at fault for lacking Brazil’s opening penalty kick. The 21-year-old’s penalty lacked energy and placement, making it simple for Livakovic to dive to his left and preserve it out.
Within the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-final, Rodrygo misplaced all 4 of his crosses, misplaced seven of 11 duels, misplaced possession 10 instances, and dedicated three fouls. He additionally didn’t lodge any photographs, failed to drag off each of his dribbles, and was dribbled previous as soon as.