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World Cup: Croatia pulls an upset against tournament favorite Brazil

Randy Mancini 7 December 9, 2022
Croatia players celebrate their win via a penalty shootout during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Croatia players celebrate their win via a penalty shootout during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 quarter final match between Croatia and Brazil at Education City Stadium on December 09, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:11 PM PT – Friday, December 9, 2022

Croatia has pulled an upset and won against tournament favorite Brazil to advance to the FIFA semi finals on Friday.

With a stagnant full time, Brazil’s Neymar went on to score the first goal of the game in overtime. Croatia scored the equalizer to tie up the game in the 117th minute. This forced the game to go into penalty kicks. Croatia scored four penalty kicks compared to Brazil’s two.

Croatia’s goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovic, had 10 saves in the game. A highlight of Livakovic’s was when he stopped Rodrygo’s penalty kick during the shootout. This move was crucial in helping them beat the favored Brazilian team.

Zlatko Dalic leads Croatia to back-to-back World Cup semi finals after beating highly fancied Brazil.

A phenomenal achievement for a country with the fourth-smallest population of any nation at this year’s competition. 🇭🇷👏 #HRV#CROBRA pic.twitter.com/2OEBzGfwCE