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World Cup Day by day: Argentina, Croatia survive day of drama

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Argentina will play within the World Cup semifinals after beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout Friday — nevertheless it will not get its date with Brazil, which misplaced its penalty shootout with Croatia.

Here is every thing that occurred within the World Cup on Friday and what to look at for Saturday.

Croatia 1 (4), Brazil 1 (2)

It isn’t that stunning Croatia gained its penalty shootout: It has gained all 4 penalty shootouts it has participated in on the World Cup and has been concerned in 5 of the final seven extra-time video games within the match.

What’s extra of a shock is that it beat Brazil, which appeared like the very best staff within the match going into the quarterfinals. Even on Friday, Brazil appeared like the higher staff, outshooting Croatia 21-9 and profitable the xG battle 2.56 to 0.62. 

It took the newest objective in Croatia’s historical past (115:59) for it to equalize within the remaining moments of additional time.

Brazil was good — actually, actually good — however because the saying goes, typically it is higher to be fortunate than good, and Croatia is each after making unlikely journeys to the semifinals at two consecutive World Cups.

Croatia-Brazil highlights

Croatia tied within the remaining minutes of additional time after which overcame Brazil on penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals.

Argentina 2 (4), Netherlands 2 (3)

Argentina’s penalty shootout had a a lot happier ending, nevertheless it’s secure to say La Albiceleste would have most popular to settle issues in regulation. And they’d have, had Wout Weghorst not scored within the eleventh (sure, you learn that proper) minute of stoppage time. Weghorst additionally scored the objective that obtained the Netherlands inside one objective.

Sadly for the Dutch, it suffered the identical destiny it did within the 2014 World Cup semifinals: a loss to Argentina in a penalty shootout. Argentina has now gained 5 of the six penalty shootouts it has participated in on the World Cup, together with each of its penalty shootouts with the Netherlands.

Argentina will go on to play Croatia within the semifinals Tuesday (2 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app).

Netherlands-Argentina highlights

Within the match of the match to this point, the Netherlands rallied from a 2-0 deficit, however Argentina prevailed in a shootout.


Emiliano Martínez may have been higher for Argentina in regulation, however he was sensational in its penalty shootout.


We won’t give up watching this chic cross from Leo Messi.


Brazil did not see out its objective of profitable the World Cup, nevertheless it did handle to finish the match the with three of the very best objectives we have seen this far — and it is unlikely any of the objectives scored going ahead will bump them from the listing. 

Its newest, which got here courtesy of Neymar, is simply foolish.


Even after a heartbreaking loss, Neymar took a while to acknowledge Croatian midfielder Ivan Perišić’s son, who seems to have checked to verify the Brazilian star was OK.

Morocco vs. Portugal, 10 a.m. ET on FOX

Morocco is the most important underdog left within the match, and it has to go up towards a red-hot Portugal aspect. Can it proceed its Cinderella Story and develop into the primary African nation to advance to the World Cup semifinals, or will Portugal proceed its spectacular run of type?

England vs. France, 2 p.m. ET on FOX

If soccer really is coming dwelling, it has to undergo France. With big-name expertise everywhere in the area, the particular person matchups are scintillating. Could the very best staff win.

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