Brazil and Croatia are through to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with very different victories.

Runners-up in 2018, Croatia barely kept the dream alive by beating Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout, while Brazil scored four goals in the first half to dismantle South Korea.

Here are five talking points from the day in Qatar. 

Roy Keane is the preacher from Footloose

Vini Junior, Rapniha, Lucas Paqueta and Neymar dance after a goal for Brazil against South Korea at the Qatar World Cup.
It is believed Brazil’s celebrations are at least partly a response to racial abuse of Vinícius Júnior (left).(Getty Images: Francois Nel)

Lucas Paquetá’s samba in the corner after Brazil went up 4-0 inside 38 minutes might have felt a little like dancing on South Korea’s grave, but it’s the knockout stages of the World Cup; players are allowed to enjoy the biggest moments of their lives.

Or so you’d think.

The world’s surliest man, Roy Keane, said the dancing was disrespectful to the opponents.

“I don’t like it … I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition,” Keane said on ITV.

“It’s 4-0 and they are doing it every time. I don’t mind the first kind of jig, whatever they’re doing, it’s the one after that. And then the manager getting involved with it.

“No, I’m not happy with it. I don’t think it’s good at all.”

As a reminder, Keane holds the record for the most red cards in English football history with 13. Let’s enjoy some footage of him respecting the opposition.

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“You need to see this is part of their culture,” former Socceroo Craig Foster said on SBS.

“It is beautiful. I see on social media some people aren’t happy with the dancing. Utter rubbish. This is Brazil, this is what it is about. This is their culture and what we want to see.”

Brazil’s Vinícius Júnior has been subjected to racist abuse for his dancing at club level, and it’s believed the team has made a pointed effort to dance in defiance of that as well. But go off, Roy.

Brazil pays tribute to Pelé

Brazil fans hold up a banner reading "Pele Get Well Soon" at the Qatar FIFA World Cup match against South Korea.
Pelé’s standing as a football legend was hard to miss as Brazil took the field against South Korea.(Getty Images: Michael Steele)

Pelé’s health has been the subject of a lot of media reports, hand-wringing and certainly a lot of prayer.

Reports that the Brazilian football legend has been moved to palliative care have been denied, with the hospital and his family saying he is responding well to treatment, but the 82-year-old is being treated after a number of health scares in recent years, including cancer and COVID-19, which caused a lung infection.

He’s definitely not well, but a tweet came from his account before Brazil’s match saying he would be watching the team take on South Korea from his hospital bed.

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If he wasn’t heartened by the banners and tributes from fans, or the 4-1 victory, the three-time World Cup winner might have enjoyed seeing the current superstars pose with a banner in tribute to him.

Get well soon.

Why Neymar disappeared into the stands after his goal

Neymar coolly slotted a penalty past Kim Seung-gyu for Brazil’s second goal in the 13th minute of the match against South Korea, had a little dance on the field, then appeared to be running to the bench before ducking into the stands.

He jogged up the steps and found injured teammate Alex Telles.

Neymar embraces injured Brazil teammate Alex Telles in the stands after a goal against South Korea at the Qatar FIFA World Cup.
Neymar ran to Telles, who will miss the rest of the World Cup with a knee injury.(Getty Images: MB Media)

Defender Telles has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a knee injury sustained in Brazil’s last group match against Cameroon.

Gabriel Jesus is also out for the rest of the tournament and Neymar has only played two games because of a foot injury, meaning Brazil have given game time to every member of their 26-strong Qatar squad.

Croatia’s dream continues after goalkeeper’s shootout heroics

Croatia goalkeeper Dominic Livakovic stops a shot during a penalty shootout against Japan at the Qatar World Cup.
Dominik Livakovic saved three penalties in the shootout to beat Japan after scores were tied 1-1.(Getty Images: David S Bustamante/Soccrates)

Dominik Livaković is not a household name, but he’s just lived out every goalkeeper’s dream.

Scores tied. Going to penalties. In a knockout match.

0-0: Takuma Minamino’s shot really isn’t wide enough and Livaković stops it around his waist as he dives left. Nikola Vlašić nets for Croatia.

Up 1-0, Livaković stares down Kaoru Mitoma and dives wide right, stopping a low shot with his right hand at full stretch. Marcelo Brozović then makes it 2-0 Croatia.

Takuma Asano finally finds the net for Japan and a casual Marko Livaja hits the upright for Croatia off their respective third shots to keep the game alive. But when Livaković’s wide right hand stops Maya Yoshida’s fourth shot, it’s effectively all over.

Mario Pašalić slots and Croatia goes through.

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Class from Perišić

Croatia's Ivan Perisic comforts Japan's Takuma Asano after the penalty shootout at the Qatar FIFA World Cup.
Ivan Perišić’s first goal of the tournament came at the right time for Croatia.(AP: Eugene Hoshiko)

While his teammates celebrated their famous victory, Croatia’s Ivan Perišić immediately walked over to the Japanese players to console them.

Going out on penalties is always rough, but missing three of your four shots on goal in the shootout is about as bad as it gets, so they surely appreciated the gesture, even if it was cold comfort from the man who scored Croatia’s second-half equaliser.