United’s Brazilians bow out of World Cup

Friday 09 December 2022 18:35

The 2022 World Cup journey of Manchester United’s Brazilian players is over after the Selecao were defeated on penalties by Croatia at the quarter-final stage.

Casemiro played 120 minutes for Tite’s side, and scored from the spot, but his efforts proved to be in vain for the South Americans. 

Fellow Reds Antony and Fred were introduced from the bench in the encounter at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, which was poised at 0-0 for the majority, before a goal for either side in extra-time took it to a shootout. 

United defender Alex Telles, on loan at Sevilla, watched on from afar after picking up a tournament-ending injury earlier in the campaign, as Brazil bowed out in heartbreaking fashion. 
Casemiro scored his penalty, but it ultimately wasn't enough to help Brazil avoid their tournament coming to an end.
Reds midfielder Casemiro was involved in an intriguing tactical contest from the off, with Croatia not allowing Brazil to possess the dominance that they had in their last-16 win over South Korea, earlier in the week. 

The Europeans frustrated his nation and shortly after half-time, with the score still at 0-0, Antony was introduced with an eye on breaking the deadlock. 

Our winger was lively from his first kick but couldn’t help prevent the game going into an extra 30 minutes. 

When the encounter did enter an extended period however, Brazil’s pressure soon paid off, with PSG forward Neymar notching the opener following a dazzling run, shortly before the interval.

Fred was introduced after 105 minutes but despite his and his team-mates’ efforts, the 2018 finalists would find a late leveller to force penalties, through Bruno Petkovic. 
Croatia had already scored their first when their goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved Rodrygo’s effort and were 2-0 up before Casemiro calmly slotted home.
All other kicks were scored before PSG defender Marquinhos struck the post with Brazil’s fourth attempt, while they were 4-2 down, which ultimately proved decisive. 

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It sees Croatia progress to the semi-finals where they will await a nation represented by one of our Reds. 

Tyrell Malacia’s Netherlands go up against Lisandro Martinez’s Argentina in the second quarter-final shortly (19:00 GMT), with the winner set to advance to that last-four meeting, scheduled for Tuesday. 

Commiserations to our Brazilian quartet on the conclusion of their journey at this year’s World Cup.