Neymar, who finished his World Cup journey in the quarterfinals, expressed his feelings through social media.
Brazil drew 1-1 with Croatia in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 10th, and then lost 2-4 in a penalty shootout. . With this, Brazil ended their World Cup journey in the quarterfinals.
Brazil has been called a strong ‘favourite’. The best players were lined up in every position, and even the substitutes were players from top teams such as Anthony (Manchester United), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), and Ederson (Manchester City).
Brazil easily passed the group stage. After victories over Serbia and Switzerland, Brazil even showed the ability to operate the rotation against 안전놀이터 Cameroon in the third game. In the round of 16, he showed off his powerful attack against Korea. Brazil showed off their firepower by scoring 4 goals in the first half alone. Therefore, the expectation to win against Croatia was dominant.
Even the moment Neymar scored, Brazil’s victory seemed like a certainty. After the first half was 0-0, both teams went into overtime. Brazil took the lead in the 15th minute of extra time when Neymar scored the opening goal. But Croatia never gave up. With three minutes left in the game, Bruno Petkovic equalized. Both teams went to a penalty shoot-out, and Brazil took a knee in a 2-4 defeat.
In the end, Brazil failed to reproduce the glory of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Brazil, the country with the most wins in total, has failed to advance to the final stage for 20 years. Neymar also failed to achieve his dream of winning the World Cup in his career. After the match, Neymar swallowed his regret as he shed tears without hesitation.
Neymar couldn’t hide the sadness of the elimination. On the 11th, he said on his personal SNS, “I was psychologically devastated. This was definitely the defeat that hurt me the most, I was paralyzed for 10 minutes and cried nonstop right after. Brazil deserved to win. But this was not God’s will. “It’s worth sacrificing so that each of you can feel the affection on the field. Thank you to everyone who supported our national team. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out. It will hurt for a very long time.”
“Losing still hurts so much, I haven’t learned how to lose yet. Losing makes me stronger, but it hurts me too much, and I haven’t gotten used to it yet. Even if it hurts, we have to move on.”