Ghost of the Quarter Finals comes back to haunt Brazil at the FIFA World Cup | Football News

They were surprise finalists at Russia 2018 and Luka Modric and his gang of happy Croats also left everyone stunned in Qatar, this time in the quarter-finals.
In what was the biggest upset of this tournament, Croatia beat the five-time champions and huge pre-tournament favorites. Brazil out of the World Cup after winning their quarter-final 4-2 on penalties.
Brazil were well and truly on their way to a comfortable place in the semi-finals after Neymar scored a brilliant goal in the first half of extra time in the 106th minute to put Brazil ahead 1-0. With this, he also equaled Pelé’s all-time goalscoring record for Brazil of 77.
But barely 10 minutes later, Petkovic made it 1-1 with what was incredibly Croatia’s first shot on target. And the game went to penalties.
In the end, Brazil were heartbroken, with Croatia winning 4-2 on penalties. The Samba boys’ wait for a World Cup title continues. The last time they won the World Cup trophy was in 2002. Brazil were actually the last South American team to win the World Cup.
What’s incredible is that the quarter-finals seem to be the bogey round for the most successful team in the competition’s history. In the last five editions, Brazil have fallen four times in the quarter-finals.
A quick look back at Brazil’s results in the last five editions of the fifa world cupincluding the current one in Qatar:
2022: Lost to Croatia in the quarter-finals 2-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw
2018: Lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals 1-2 in regular time
2014 : Finished fourth
2010: Lost to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals 1-2 in regular time
2006: Defeat against France in the quarter-finals 0-1 in regular time
Overall, since their first World Cup appearance in 1930, Brazil have gone out to the quarter-finals six times. The Selecao have fallen in the quarter-finals in these editions – 1956, 1986, 2006, 2010, 2018 and 2022.


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