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NigeriaDecides2023

Brazil bow out of World Cup

Brazil failed to get past Croatia to reach the semi-final following a nail-biting penalty shootout.

The Neymar-inspired Seleção had thought Neymar’s first half-extra-time goal was enough to secure another World Cup semifinal berth.

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Unfortunately for the five-time winner, Croatia upped the game through a left-footed equaliser from substitute Bruno Petkovic. A goal that drew the game level and broke the hearts of thousands of Brazil fans watching at Doha’s Education City Stadium.

Croatia, perhaps coming from a victorious knockout encounter with Japan, believed that overcoming Brazil would be a challenging but simple enough task. And through it all, they kept their composure from the penalty spot as Brazil’s Marquinhos and Rodrygo failed to convert.