the captain of Croatia, Luka modricgave an interview to Gol Mundial television after reaching the semifinals of Qatar-2022 after defeating Brazil in the shootout (1-1, 4-2 in the shootout).
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“We were almost lost when they scored this goal (1-0, the work of Neymar). I think that they all gave us up for dead, but we have shown once again that we never gave up, that our faith is enormous and in the end we drew and we had confidence on penalties”, described the Real Madrid player with a smile.
Modric He highlighted the confidence of his teammates at the time of the shootout. “Obviously when you win the last game against Japan (in the round of 16) on penalties, going into another shootout you clearly have confidence,” he explained. “And when you start scoring a goal and one of them fails, it gives you more confidence.”
The ‘Canarinha’ missed two penalties in the shootout. The first one that failed was Rodrygowhom Modric, his partner in the ‘White House’, consoled at the end of the meeting. It should be remembered that both share a tremendous relationship, to such an extent that the Brazilian calls him ‘father’ because of his teachings and the Croatian calls him ‘son’.
“It can happen to anyone (fail). We must congratulate Rodrygo because in this match, and all that it means, having the strength and mentality to shoot the penalty is to congratulate him”, the Croatian assessed.
“I have told him, I was 23 years old when I missed my penalty in the shootout against Turkey (in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals),” he recalled. “It is not easy, but that will make him stronger and he will gain more experience and strength to continue. Nothing happens. They all fail. I have given him encouragement and strength,” he added.
Modric He also had good words for his goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovicwho made several creditable saves throughout the match and saved the first penalty from Rodrygo.
“Once again he was impressive, but not only in the batch. He has shown that he is a great goalkeeper. I am happy for him because he is also a wonderful boy, ”she opined.
The Croatian ’10’ also stated that going to the semifinals tastes better knowing that it could be his last World Cup.
“Nobody thought we could go that far, but the important thing is that we had faith, trust between us,” he said. “We have a very good team again, with youngsters who have come in and have brought another quality. And winning like this gives you tremendous joy and gives you even more confidence for what follows ”, she closed.