Posted: Monday, December 5, 2022. 12:15 pm CST.
Photo Credit: FIFA
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Goalkeeper Dominic Livakovic stopped three penalty kicks to give Croatia a 3-1 penalty kick win over Japan after 1-1 during regulation and extra time at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah in front of 42,523 fans.
Livakovic stopped the shots taken by Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma, and Maya Yoshida. Only Takuma Asano converted for Japan.
Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic, and Mario Pasalic all converted for Croatia who only missed one. Marko Livaja hit the post.
Livakovic becomes just the third goalkeeper to stop three penalty kicks in a single World Cup shootout. The first two are Portugal’s Ricardo in 2006 against England and Livakovic’s compatriot Danijel Subasic in 2018 against Denmark.
Japan and Croatia is the first match in the Round of 16 that went all the way to penalty kicks to determine advances to quarterfinals. In fact, no game so far had gone beyond regulation time which today finished in a 1-1 draw.
Both played a very tight and competitive game which saw a very patient Japan score the first goal in the 43rd minute off a corner kick. Croatia failed to clear a cross into the box and Daizen Maeda hammered a right foot shot, shaking the net for the 1-0 lead.
Croatia tied the ball game in the 55th minute attacking on the right side. After a number of passes, a long cross into the penalty box, Ivan Perisic headed into goal past goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda. The goal was Perisic’s sixth goal tying Davor Suker, who scored six for Croatia in 1998. With the goal, Perisic became the first Croatian player to score in three World Cups.
Croatia will play the winners of the Brazil vs South Korea game which is to be played at 1:00 pm.
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