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Ivan Perisic's son ran over to console emotional Neymar after Brazil were knocked out of World Cup

Jack Kenmare

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Ivan Perisic's son ran over to console emotional Neymar after Brazil were knocked out of World Cup

In one of the more heartwarming moments of this winter's World Cup, Ivan Perisic’s son, Leo, ran over to Neymar to console the him after Brazil were knocked out by Croatia on penalties.

Zlatko Dalic's side secured a place in next week's semi-final after beating favourites Brazil in a dramatic quarter-final at the Education Stadium.

But let's be honest, it wasn't the most entertaining of games. The first-half was timid but finally, after over an hour, things finally sparked into life as Brazil looked dangerous going forward.

The Selecao piled on the pressure and in the 105th minute, Neymar equalled Pele's record after rounding Dominik Livakovic.

Things looked promising for the Brazilians but in an unexpected twist, Bruno Petkovic scored with a deflected effort in the 188th minute to send the game to penalties.

Croatia went on to beat their much-favoured opponents as Rodrigo and Marquinhos missed from 12 yards.

After the full-time whistle, Brazil's joint-leading goalscorer Neymar was in tears as Brazil's hopes of lifting another World Cup was left in tatters.

But moments later, Ivan Perisic’s son, Leo, decided to go over and comfort the PSG forward – a moment that quickly went viral.

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One of the biggest talking points from the game was Brazil's decision to not give Neymar a penalty in the shootout.

Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann was quick to make a comment on the situation.

"They had totally different approaches,' he told BBC Sport. "Previously you saw your best penalty taker set the tone. 'For me Neymar would take the first one, you set the tone.

"The momentum really shifted with that Croatia goal, just before the end of extra time.

"What goes through your mind if you are a Brazilian player, you get scared. The whole nation expects you to get through and you panic.

"You are far more nervous because you don’t have any time to balance yourself out."

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Rio Ferdinand also commented on the decision. He tweeted: "Lads in the studio all speaking on how your best penalty taker can’t be left until last…he never takes a pen half the time….Neymar now left thinking what if..."

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@El_Futbolesque

Topics: Brazil, Croatia, Football World Cup

Jack Kenmare
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