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Are Brazil out of World Cup? Favorites eliminated by Croatia on penalties

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It’s scarely believable, since Brazil were the bookmakers’ – and many pundits’ – favorites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But, yes, they are now out.

A 1-1 draw with Croatia after 120 minutes Friday at Education City Stadium was folllowed by a dramatic penalty shootout, in which misses from Rodrygo and Marquinhos, amid some goalkeeping heroics by Dominik Livakovic, sent Brazil home.

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The agony was written all over the faces of the Brazilian players, most notably Neymar, whose superb solo goal in extra-time looked to have secured the win. Croatian super-sub Bruno Petkovic equalised soon after, however, and Brazil couldn’t find a winner.

The Sporting News runs through who is left in the 2022 World Cup and gives a reminder of Brazil’s record at the tournament here.

Are Brazil out of the World Cup?

In a word, yes. They were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Croatia, suffering a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

MORE: Croatia beat Brazil on penalties in World Cup – how it happened

Who is in the World Cup semifinals?

Croatia became the first nation to book their spot in the last four in Qatar, having now won both their knockout games on penalties, after both finished 1-1. They edged out Japan in the last 16.

Argentina take on Netherlands for the right to meet Croatia in the semifinals. Morocco versus Portugal and England versus France are the other semifinals.

Brazil’s World Cup record

Brazil’s World Cup drought will now stretch to 24 years. They last made the final in 2002 – which they won, beating Germany, 2-0 – but haven’t had much joy in the latter stages of the tournament since.

They are still record five-time winners of the competition, and that mantle won’t be troubled this time around, with Italy and Germany (both four World Cup wins) having not qualified or already been knocked out.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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