SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Pelé congratulated Neymar for matching his national team scoring record on Friday, and then commiserated with the player for his World Cup exit. Pelé, who has been hospitalized while being treated for a respiratory infection, posted his message on Instagram after Brazil lost to Croatia in the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout at the tournament in Qatar. “I saw you grow, I cheered for you every day and I can finally congratulate you for reaching my number
Croatia stunned Brazil to reach the semi-finals of World Cup 2022, while Lionel Messi and Argentina squeezed past the Netherlands to make the last four. Both of Friday’s quarter-final fixtures went the distance, with Wout Weghorst forcing extra time and penalties with virtually the last kick of the game to ensure it finished Netherlands 2-2 Argentina after 90 minutes.
Moments like this are what the World Cup is all about.