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2022 World Cup: Croatia achieve the feat by eliminating Brazil and qualifying for the semi-finals



The Vatreni are doing it again. Croatia, after equalizing three minutes from time, created a new feat against Brazil, big favorites for the 2022 World Cup and eliminated (1-1 after 4-2 on pens) on Friday in the quarter-finals after another grueling penalty shootout.

The defending finalists, of whom now eight of the last nine double or quits have gone beyond regulation time, will be opposed on Tuesday in the semi-finals to the Netherlands or Argentina, who face each other in the evening.

A missed penalty shootout

Brazil can harbor great regrets because at the end of a very close tactical match, they managed to find the opening thanks to Neymar’s 77th goal, happy to equal Pelé in the 105th minute.

But while he has not beaten a European opponent in a knockout match since his coronation in 2002, the five-time winner of the event was joined by indestructible Vatreni. On the verge of asphyxiation and generally not very dangerous, they found the energy to push a last counter-attack, concretized by Petkovic (117).

During the fatal session, Rodrygo and Marquinhos missed their attempt while the four Croatian shooters, who had already had the opportunity to run in against Japan in 1/8, were a full hit.

Leaving at a trot and surely too confident, the Brazilians quickly understood after a first thrill caused by a cross from Pasalic (12) that it would not be the same walkover against the Croatian tacticians as against South Korea.

The Livakovic Wall

Patient, calm and perfectly squaring the midfield to block opponents’ breakthroughs high, “Vatreni” took a malicious pleasure thanks to their licked technique to thwart the Seleçao. Unable to rule out the game or to open axial breaches on too rare individual exploits, this one left it to Vinicius to light a few wicks.

Uninspired, the Tite players came back with better intentions after the break, but then they found Livakovic (47th, 55th, 66th, 76th, 120th), the hero of the day on the Croatian side, on their way. Entering into resistance, the Croats, in difficulty with a Modric not very visible to open up Kramaric in front and thus raise their block, then showed that they knew how to bow their backs if they did not really worry Alisson.

By dint of bumping into a wall, the Brazilians even seemed to get annoyed, receiving a handful of cards for poorly controlled gestures (Danilo, Casemiro, Marquinhos). Neymar’s opener against Croats blunted by all their previous efforts could have meant a quiet end to the game for the Brazilians, but it was misunderstanding the stubborn Croats who were able to snatch the equalizer at the same time as another penalty shootout.

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2022 World Cup results: Senegal and the Netherlands qualified for the round of 16



Senegal and the Netherlands qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup on Tuesday (November 29th). The Dutch finished top of this group A (seven points), with two wins, against Senegal and Qatar, and a draw against Ecuador, while the African champions finished with six points, two wins, against Qatar and Ecuador, and a defeat against the Netherlands.

The Netherlands will open the ball for the round of 16 on Saturday at 4 p.m. French time against the second in group B, either England, Iran, the United States or Wales depending on the results of the matches. of this Tuesday. Senegal, African champion, will face the first of this same group B, Sunday at 8 p.m. French time.

► Senegal dispossesses Ecuador of its ticket for the eighth

Senegal recorded its second victory (2-1) in Group A of the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador on Tuesday, November 29, thus qualifying for the round of 16 in front of long-waiting South Americans.

As a tribute, this second ticket in the history of Senegal in a knockout match is confirmed two years to the day after the death of Pape Bouba Diop, defensive midfielder hero of the 2002 World Cup, during which the Lions had reached the quarter-finals.

Beaten in the opening match by the Netherlands, their distant heirs are not there yet. But with six points in pool, they improved their best passing time by one unit. Even deprived of Sadio Mané, their best injured player in Qatar.

► The Netherlands qualify by inflicting their third defeat in Qatar

Without stress or glitter, the Netherlands qualified at a slow trot for the round of 16, in first place in group A, by winning at the Al-Bayt stadium 2-0 against Qatar, who said goodbye in his tournament on a zero point.

The Dutch, put into orbit in the first period by the now inevitable Cody Gakpo, will face the second in group B on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be accompanied in the next round by Senegal.

For the “Al-Anabi” (the “Bordeaux”), it’s a complete failure. Before the small Gulf emirate, only one of the host countries of the World Cup had been eliminated at the end of the group stage: South Africa in 2010, after a course however more honorable. Qatar is the first host country to lose its three group matches.

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2022 World Cup results: England and USA through to round of 16



► The English lead Group B

England qualified for the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup by sweeping Wales 3-0 on Tuesday (November 29th) in Doha, Qatar. First in Group B, the English accelerated after a soporific first period and made the difference thanks to their attackers Marcus Rashford twice (50th, 68th) and Phil Foden (51st) against disappointing Welsh, like their star Gareth Bale.

The English finish top of the group, with seven points, after two victories, against the Iranians and the Welsh, and a draw, against the Americans. In the round of 16, the English will face Senegal, second in group A, on Sunday.

► The Americans take their revenge on the Iranians

The United States, beaten by Iran in 1998, took their revenge on Tuesday (1-0) in Group B of the World Cup-2022 thanks to Pulisic’s 22nd international goal, synonymous with his selection of the round of 16 against the Countries -Down and elimination for the “Team Melli”.

With five points, two more than their adversary at the end of an always special confrontation between two nations no longer maintaining diplomatic relations, the Americans have reached this level of competition for the 7th time, which continues to refuse Iranians.

Team USA, which did not qualify for the last World Cup in Russia, has already reached the round of 16 three times since the war (1994, 2010, 2014) and the quarter-finals once (2002). As they had announced, the 22 players ignored the tense political context, to focus on the sporting issue and deliver a committed match but played in an excellent state of mind.

Iran, which had to equalize to win its ticket for the next round, tried to pack the game. In the last minutes of the meeting, the “Team USA” was very hot on several Iranian attacks, but resisted until the end.