Brazil scored a goal thanks to Neymar's 77th goal for his country . In the 117th minute, Croatia found the equalizer from Bruno Petkovics boot .
Al Rayyan Qatar, December 10 : Croatia defeated Brazil 4-2 to keep their clean sheet in penalty shootouts at the World Cup and advance to the semifinals in a nail-biting match at the Education City Stadium on Friday.After two hours of play, the two teams were unable to separate because both teams scored in the extra time.Brazil scored a goal thanks to Neymars' record goal.In the 105th minute, the forward scored his 77th goal for his country, equaling Peles' record.In the shootout, Brazil's Marquinhos and Rodrygo missed their penalty kicks, and Croatia remarkably converted all four of their kicks to reach the tournament's semi-final, and the 2018 runners-up will thank goalkeeper Dominik Livakovi for their first-ever victory over Brazil.They had upped the ante and created a number of opportunities, but they failed to convert them as the opportunities went begging.During the second half, Brazil was relentlessly frustrated by a gritty Croatian defense.Brazil had two early chances after a solid second half, but Livakovic denied the five-time champions a goal with a stop on the ball. Brazil and Croatia were unable to create clear chances in the first half of the FIFA World Cup.In the first minutes of the half, Brazilian forwards Vinicius and Neymar made some quick runs into the Croatian box.Vinicius even came close to the Croatian goalpost in the 4th minute when he hit a long-range kick to save the game.Both camps had some ups and downs, with players making some mistakes. Croatia secured the first corner of the match in the 14th minute, but the European team was unable to make a lot out of it.In the 19th minute, they fired at the Brazil goal with Kramaric, but it was unable to find a way past the Brazillian defense.Both teams were pounding blows, with Croatia quickly absorbring Brazils offensive pressure and quickly putting a shot at the goal with quick counterattacks.Vinicius demonstrated excellent stamina throughout the season, creating chances for his team, but a solid Croatian defence held firm to deny him a legitimate chance. Croatia will contest for a spot in the final against Argentina or the Netherlands, who will play later in the tournament.