Title defender Brazil have lost yesterday against Russia and today Antonio Guerra-Peixe`s team wanted to iron out their failure and aimed for victory against Croatia.
The recent European Champions played so far a solid tournament, but it was impossible to predict any favorites in this fierce clash.
Croatia`s Mladen Paradzik quickly received a red card after his second penalty, this left the Europeans shocked but coach Davor Rokavec re-organized his defense and the Croats were on equal level with the Brazilians.
Spectators on the Main Court saw top-notch beach handball with lots of in-flight and spin shoots and marvelous saves by the goalkeepers.
Both playmakers, Bruno Oliveira and Croatia`s Horvat Hrvoje were on fire and gave beautiful assists to their team-mates.
On the Brazilian side Nailson Amaral and Thiago Claudio netted fantastic goals and with their the South Americans won the second period going into the shoot-out.
There Brazil showed better nerves and despite Croatia changing their goalkeeper for defensive specialist Matija Cernetic the Selecao scored and won this hot clash.
Brazil – Croatia 2:1 (18:21) (23:18) (7:6)