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Croatia beat Brazil in penalties, through to the semi-finals

With Friday's goal, Neymar equals Pele's record of 77 goals for Brazil

SOCCER-WORLDCUP-CRO-BRA/REPORT Brazil's Pedro in action with Croatia's Josko Gvardiol | Reuters

Scoring 4-2 against Brazil in the penalty shootout, Croatia are through to the World Cup semi-finals and Brazil got knocked out.

Brazil and Croatia's World Cup quarter-final went into extra time with both sides scoring no goal after full-time. Through a tense opening half there was nothing to separate the Brazilians and their 2018 runners-up opponents, with both sides enjoying half chances in a free-flowing game, but nothing clear-cut, Reuters reported. Brazil came out after the break playing with the energy that was lacking in the first half, generating several scoring chances, including three from Neymar. 

Croatia successfully converted four penalties into goals. Neymar scored the first goal of the game half-time into extra-time. It was later equalised by Croatia's Bruno Petkovic.

With Friday's goal, Neymar equals Pele's record of 77 goals for Brazil, a record held by Pele for 51 years. While Pele scored 77 goals in 92 matches, Neymar reached 77 goals in his 124th appearance. 

Croatia will face either Argentina or the Netherlands, who play during the early hours of Saturday for a place in the final.

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