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Casemiro reacts to Brazil’s exit from the World Cup

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By Henry Burt

Casemiro bemoaned Brazil’s elimination in the World Cup quarter-final against Croatia, saying victory was ‘in our hands’ before conceding an equalizer late in extra time.

It looked like Brazil would go to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2014 after Neymar scored in extra time before Bruno Petkovic equalized in the dying moments to take the match to penalties.

Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic then made two crucial saves in the ensuing shootout to break Brazilian hearts and send his country to a second successive semi-final.

Speaking immediately after the surprise defeat, casemir he said: “All defeats are painful, especially when you have a goal, a dream, you have a four-year job for that moment. But it’s hard to find the words. Hard to find moments. It’s lifting your head, life goes on .

“We’re sad, everyone in the group did their best. We get angry, especially at how it was. It was in our hands, it ran away there. Hard time. Now it’s peace of mind, life that must go on.”

Casemiro is said to be one of the Brazilian players contemplating international retirement, with 39-year-old right-back Dani Alves having already announced his departure from the international lineup. in any case, the Manchester United the midfielder declined to confirm whether this world Cup it would be his last outing in Brazil’s yellow jersey.

“I’m 30, man,” Casemiro protested. “Of course, the boys are always there, but I’m 30, I’m living the best moment of my career, I’m very happy in the club I’m at. I missed an opportunity, but we have to see.”

Brazil’s exit means there will be no long-awaited encounter between them and mortal rivals Argentina, with La Albiceleste now facing Croatia in the semi-finals next week.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Casemiro reacts to Brazil’s exit from the World Cup.