South American powerhouse’s face is not a word.
The British media ‘BBC’ said on the 10th (Korean time), “Brazil’s World Cup dream was blocked by European countries six times in a row. The last victory in the World Cup was in 2002.”
It is a shabby exit of the 2022 Qatar World Cup champion candidate. Brazil lost in a penalty shootout (1-1, PSO 2-4) in the quarterfinals of the Qatar World Cup held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 10th.
This is the result of all the key players. Brazil had the same lineup as when they defeated Korea 4-1 in the round of 16. Ace Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) spearheaded the attack. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), a key member of the last European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) victory, started as a left striker. Top midfielder Casemiro (Manchester United), defenders Thiago Silva (Chelsea) and Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) also started.
However, Brazil struggled against Croatia in the round of 16, where they played against Japan in a penalty shootout. Again, I was stumped by the opponent’s strong pressure. He also made frequent passing mistakes in midfield. The performance of the first half was rather behind in Croatia.
When the opponent was weak, he couldn’t even take advantage of the opportunity. After 120 minutes of bloody battle, Croatia showed physical problems in the second half. He exposed space and gave Brazil several chances. However, Brazil collapsed, suffering from a lack of goal-making ability. Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Rivakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) blocked every save.
Even his concentration was shaken. Brazil took the lead with Neymar’s goal 안전놀이터 just before the end of the first half of extra time, but conceded a goal in just one chance in the second half. In the penalty shootout, he seemed to have lost even his confidence. Croatia scored a penalty kick with kickers 1 and 2 boldly shooting into the center of the goalkeeper. On the other hand, Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals after the first kicker Rodrygo (Real Madrid)’s shot was blocked by Rivakovic, and veteran defender Marquinhos’ shot as the fourth kicker hit the post.
With this, Brazil suffered the loss of being eliminated from the World Cup six times in a row by European teams. The last World Cup victory was against Germany in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup final. In 2006, it was hit by runner-up France, and in the 2010 World Cup South Africa, it was caught by the Netherlands. At the time of the 2014 World Cup held in their home country, they were shocked by Germany 1-7. In the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they lost 1-2 to Belgium.