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World Cup: Croatia ousts Brazil on penalties to reach semifinals

4-2 on penalties followed 1-1 draw over 120 minutes

Croatia's Dominik Livakovic celebrates qualifying for the semifinals as Brazil's Marquinhos looks dejected after missing a penalty in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 9.   © Reuters

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (Reuters) -- Croatia came from a goal down in extra time and battled past heavy favorites Brazil 4-2 on penalties on Friday to reach the World Cup semifinals for the second consecutive time following a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes, and with one of the biggest upsets in the tournament history's knockout phase.

The 2018 runners-up came through their second straight shootout after beating Japan also on penalties in the last 16 and will now face either the Netherlands or Argentina, who play each other later.

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