How Argentina reacted to Brazil's World Cup elimination

Jude Summerfield
Argentina will not play Brazil at the World Cup
Argentina will not play Brazil at the World Cup / JUAN MABROMATA/GettyImages
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Friday 9 December 2022 will go down in history as one of the most entertaining days in World Cup history.

Croatia shocked the world by beating Brazil in the earlier kick off. Neymar's goal in extra time looked to have put the Selecao into the semi finals, but Bruno Petkovic struck in the 117th minute to take the game to penalties.

Misses from Marquinhos and Rodrygo allowed Croatia to secure a 4-2 victory on spot kicks, with Neymar not taking one as his side's planned fifth taker.

Argentina fans were seen getting their phones out at Lusail Iconic Stadium to watch the shootout unfold and there were scenes of jubilation when Marquinhos' miss ensured Brazil's elimination.

The two South American giants would have squared off in the semi finals had the Selecao gone through, with Argentina later securing their own penalty shootout victory against the Netherlands despite messing up a 2-0 lead in normal time. They will now face Croatia in the semi finals.

If the day panned out well for Argentina, on the other end of the spectrum was former Brazil striker Fred, who had a rather humbling 24 hours.

The now retired striker had spoken of his desire to see Argentina exit the competition with some tears from Lionel Messi.

He said: "I want the Brazil-Argentina semi-final. I want confusion, turmoil, Neymar's pen, Messi crying."

However, there will be no such semi final. Instead, it's the yellow part of South America who have to deal with a premature exit, a fact not lost on some on social media.

The journey continues for Messi and Argentina as they bid for a first World Cup trophy since 1986, but Brazil's barren run since 2002 will have to continue for another four years at least.

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