The Quarterfinals of football’s biggest stage is finally here! WorldCup22 brings you the latest highlights of the ongoing World Cup spectacle.
The Rundown: Croatia vs Brazil
After 90 minutes of scoreless regulation, Neymar felt he had secured a spot in the semifinals for the 5-time winners with a magnificent extra-time effort that illuminated the action. Substitute Bruno Petkovic’s deflected shot past Alisson in the 117th minute added a sting to the victory for Zlatko Dalic’s extraordinary squad.
Finally, Croatia went 4-for-4 from the penalty spot. Neymar, Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain colleague, was left hanging after Brazil’s first penalty attempt was saved by Livakovic and Marquinhos’ fourth penalty shot hit the post in a 4-2 shootout loss.
Despite matching Pele as Brazil’s all-time leading scorer, Neymar considered leaving the grandest platform before the end of the night. Early on, he cut a dejected figure as Croatia wasted the greatest opportunity of the first half when Ivan Perisic and Josip Juranovic came so close to connecting with a tantalizing cross from Mario Pasalic, who was a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup.
One of the main highlights of our World Cup 2022 livestream was when Selecao eventually took the lead in the second half from Brazil’s midfield all thanks to Modric’s orchestration.
That’s when Livakovic stepped up, having already shown his mettle by eliminating Japan in the subsequent round. Two times he stopped Neymar through Richarlison through-balls, and he denied Lucas Paqueta beautifully from close range.
Player of the game: Josip Juranovic
Flying fullbacks are what immediately come to mind when one thinks of seeing Brazil, the World Cup betting odds 2022 favorites, play in a World Cup. This was the case in a thrilling quarterfinal match, but it was Josip Juranovic of Croatia, not a team in yellow, who was the one to soar. Like the shows the great Cafu used to put on in Brazil, this one was spectacular.
The Celtic player played as a man possessed on such a grand platform, providing his team with a means of attack while also shutting down Brazil’s impressive roster of players whenever they threatened his goal.
Croatia v Brazil final score
Croatia is the first team to advance to the World Cup semi-finals all three times they have advanced past the group stage. Don’t forget that we have a dedicated World Cup 2022 fixtures Singapore time page for all the remaining matches.
Luka Modric and his teammates will face the winner of the match between the Netherlands and Argentina in the semi-finals. Brazil has been eliminated from the tournament for the fifth time in a row, this time by a European team.
The Rundown: Netherlands vs Argentina
After a thrilling match in Lusail, Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, prevailed over the Netherlands despite a late comeback attempt.
After their star player converted a penalty further in the second half, it appeared as though the Albiceleste were in the clear after their No. 10 had earlier provided an unbelievable assist to Nahuel Molina. After coming on as a replacement, Wout Weghorst transformed the game for the Dutch by heading home what looked like a mere consolation goal at the time.
The Argentine defense had no answer for the former Burnley striker’s strength, and he forced overtime with a last-minute free-kick routine and a poking finish. The Dutch anguish was only postponed, though, as Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved two penalties to advance his team to the semifinals.
After being stunned by the change of events in the first phase of extra time, Argentina regained their composure to rain shots on the Dutch goal, with Enzo Hernandez going closest with a rasping attempt that smacked the post.
With the momentum gained by their late push, Argentina entered the shootout as the favorite, and Martinez’s saves on Van Dijk’s and Berghuis’ penalty shots further bolstered that belief.
Player of the game: Lionel Messi
There’s no doubt that Messi’s spectacular assist for the 2022 Qatar World Cup opener will be featured prominently in future reenactments. The sheer beauty of it ensures that it will be remembered for generations. Naturally, he would score twice again later in the game.
The 35-year-old has contributed to nine of Argentina’s 9 goals at the World Cup, scoring four and assisting on two. People say he’s practically carrying his country on his shoulders like Diego Maradona did in 1986.
Netherlands v Argentina final score
Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout to go to the World Cup semifinals, where they will face Croatia. On Tuesday, Argentina and Croatia will square off in a semi-final match at the Lusail Stadium with a spot in the World Cup final at stake.The World Cup continues and you can bet that Solarbet continues to give away the best World Cup bet offers! Keep supporting your favorite teams with these awesome money-making opportunities!