Brazil’s defeat saw many players in tears, most notably Neymar Jr. as it may be his final World Cup appearance. Despite Neymar handing Brazil the lead in the 105th minute of the quarter-final tie, Croatia came back with Bruno Petkovic netting an equaliser just three minutes before the final whistle. The underdogs then edged out the Selecao 4-2 on penalties with Rodrygo and Marquinhos missing their kicks.
Neymar x Marquinhos:
Neymar reached out to Marquinhos post the defeat as they suffered a heartbreaking blow. Neymar’s introductory message to his club teammate Marquinhos read: “How are you? Passing by to tell you that I’m your fan. A penalty won’t change what I think of you. I’m with you forever and you know it. I love you.”
To which the Paris Saint-Germain defender replied: “What’s up bro? I’m improving bit by bit, only time will make all of this pass.. And you? How are you? Thank you for the message and for thinking about me bro, you’re too amazing, and I wanted it all to have worked out, it’s hard as f*ck to think that that penalty was an obstacle in your dream! But we have to keep going, we have to be strong, let time pass and see what football has in store for us.”
Neymar and Marquinhos will meet once again as they will return back to Paris to resume the season for PSG.