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Croatia vs Brazil: Talking points as Croatia hold their nerve to knock Brazil out at Education City

Croatia came into the contest having gone unbeaten in their last ten games. Meanwhile, Brazil have won all their previous three matches against Croatia. 

Croatia vs Brazil, Credits: Twitter/@FIFAWorldCup
By K S Vignesh Bharadwaj | Dec 10, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Croatia advanced to the World Cup semifinals with a 4-2 victory over Brazil on penalties. Croatia locked horns in the World Cup quarter-final clash at the Education City Stadium on 09 December 2022. Croatia entered the game after their win against Japan, 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 result after extra time. On the other hand, Brazil came into the fixture after a 4-1 win against South Korea at the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. Croatia came into the contest having gone unbeaten in their last ten games. Meanwhile, Brazil have won all their previous three matches against Croatia. 

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Brazilian attack thwarted by the Croatian defensive line

Croatia started off the game superbly well and effectively utilized their experience in the middle of the field, which created many opportunities to attack and breach the Brazilian defensive line but the bigger picture was how the Croatian defensive line that comprised Juranovic, Lovren, Gvaodiol and Sosa. There aren’t many obvious opportunities for either team, but Brazil would have hoped to score first in the first half, but Croatia’s defense held firm and thwarted their attack.

The Croatian midfield trio stars at the Education City

At the Education City Stadium, Croatia, under Zlatko Dalic, started the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil in a 4-3-3 formation. The seasoned midfield trio was a warrior, giving nothing away, and their work ethic was unmatched. In a challenging game, the seasoned trio produced two opportunities, made over 200 passes with an accuracy rate of over 90%, and held over 50% of possession in the game. 

The Great Wall of Croatia

Due in large part to Dominik Livakovic’s exceptional play in Al Rayyan, Croatia defeated Brazil on penalties and moved on to the World Cup semifinals. In 120 minutes, Livakovic made an astounding 11 saves. The shot blocker, who is 27 years old, stopped shots on target for amusement while also preventing a crucial penalty in the shootouts. To help his nation secure a spot in the World Cup semifinals, Dinamo Zagreb’s goalkeeper denied eight shots on target. 



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