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Tite explains why Neymar didn’t take penalty in opposition to Croatia

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Brazil supervisor Tite has admitted that Neymar was as a result of be the Selecao’s fifth penalty taker earlier than they have been eradicated from the World Cup by the hands of Croatia on Friday.

The Paris Saint-Germain ahead scored a sensational aim in additional time which regarded to have sealed the win for Brazil, just for Croatia to strike again and ship the sport to penalties, the place Rodrygo’s opening effort was saved and fourth-man Marquinhos struck the submit to seal their elimination.

It meant that Neymar, the crew’s talisman, didn’t even take a penalty within the shoot-out.

Amid important criticism from followers, Tite defined the choice to maintain the 30-year-old till final.

“He’s the fifth and decisive penalty taker,” Tite confirmed. “The participant who has extra high quality and the mentality to step up then is beneath biggest strain.”

The choice backfired as Brazil missed two of their 4 penalties, whereas Croatia scored all 4 to guide their place within the World Cup semi-final.

The shootout defeat was the final occasion of Tite’s tenure answerable for Brazil, with the 61-year-old additionally confirming his intention to step down from the Selecao upon the expiry of his contract later this month.

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