Brazil knocked out of 2022 World Cup
Brazil are heading home from Qatar | Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages
Brazil have been knocked out of the 2022 World Cup after losing a quarter-final shootout against 2018 runners-up Croatia.
In search of a first title since 2002 and a record sixth overall, the Selecao arrived in Qatar as one of the tournament favourites. Tite’s side somewhat scraped to two group stage wins over Serbia and Switzerland, before a shock defeat to Cameroon.
However, they pulled it together in the last 16 against South Korea, winning 4-1, while they looked to be heading to the semi-finals of the first time since 2014 when Neymar broke the deadlock against Croatia halfway through the period of extra-time.
But Croatia went on to equalise and then prevailed 4-2 on penalties after misses from Rodrygo and Marquinhos. Neymar didn’t even take one in the shootout.
Brazil’s wait for a World Cup title will now be at least 24 years by the time 2026 comes around, matching the drought between their 1970 and 1994 triumphs.