Croatia 3-1 on penalties, eliminating Japan 4-2 on aggregate to reach the last eight.
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2022 World Cup Final in Japan
Japan played against Croatia at the Al Janub Stadium.
Daran Maeda scored in the 43rd minute from a corner kick.
Perisic's header in the 55th minute to equalize the score.
Both sides drew 1-1 in regular time and entered the first extra time of this World Cup.
30 minutes into the extra time both sides failed to score and both sides entered a brutal penalty shootout.
Lvakovic penalty shootout in succession to pounce on Takumi Minamino, Sandou Kaoru and Yoshida Maya three penalty kicks, the final Croatia penalty shootout 3-1, the total score of 4-2 eliminated Japan to enter the last eight.
This is the 3rd meeting between Japan and Croatia at the World Cup, after two games where Japan did not win and did not score - a 0-1 loss in 1998 and a 0-0 draw in 2006, both in the group stage.
These two games are also the only meetings Croatia has had with Asian teams at the World Cup. Japan has reached the World Cup Round of 16 for the fourth time, including the last two; this is Croatia's third appearance in a World Cup Round of 16 match, after they advanced both times, beating Romania 1-0 in 1998 and eliminating Denmark on penalties in 2018.
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In the 43rd minute, Douanrue played a tactical corner kick on the right side, Kamata Dadi received the ball and passed it to Ito Junya, who immediately passed the ball back to Douanrue on the right side, Douanrue got the ball and passed it to the goal with his left foot without stopping the ball, Yoshida Maaya hit the ball to the goal at the back point, Gwadio failed to intercept it, Maeda Daran scored from close range, and Japan took the lead 1-0, which is the first time Japan took the lead in this World Cup.
In the 46th minute, Kamata Daichi's shot from near the top of the arc went just over the bar.
In the 49th minute, Kovacic's side-footed shot from near the top of the arc was just wide.
In the 55th minute, Juranovic returned the ball from the right side, and Lovren from the right rib curled a ball into the penalty area.
Perisic became the 4th player to score in the last 3 World Cups after Messi, Cairo and Shaqiri.
In the 1st round of penalty shootout, Takumi Minamino hit the right side of the goal and was parried by Livakovic, Vlasic hit the left side of the goal, Japan 0-1.
In the 2nd round, Kaoru Sandele hit the bottom left corner of the goal again and Brozovic hit the middle of the goal, Japan 0-2!
In the 3rd round, Takuma Asano scored with a right-footed shot and Livaja hit the post, Japan 1-2.
In the 4th round, Asya Yoshida's penalty kick was again parried, and Pasalic then scored a solid penalty kick.
In the end, Croatia won the penalty shootout 3-1, and the total score of 4-2 eliminated Japan from the last eight.
Lvakovic pounced on Japan's penalty kicks three times in the World Cup penalty shootout, thus becoming the third goalkeeper in the history of the World Cup to pounce on the penalty shootout three times, the last one was also the Croatian goalkeeper, in the penalty shootout against Denmark in the 2018 World Cup, Subasic pounced on three penalties.
Japan, on the other hand, pounced on three of the four penalty kicks and thus did not qualify for the last eight. For them, it's really time to practice penalty kicks in the next few years.
Croatia World Cup
If the World Cup and Euros are defined as big games, then in the last eight knockout games of the tournament, Croatia has played to extra time in seven of them.
In the quarterfinals of Euro 2008, Croatia drew 0-0 with Turkey in regular time and was defeated 2-4 on penalties, and of the Croatian players who played in that game today, only one, Modric, remains in the national team.
The subsequent 2010 World Cup, Croatia failed to enter the final round, while the Euro 2012 and 2014 World Cup, they failed to break out from the group stage.
In Euro 2016, Croatia, which came out of the group, met Portugal in the 1/8 final, and they drew 0-0 in regular time, and Cairo's assist to Quaresma in overtime was a hammer blow, and Croatia did not reach the last eight.
In the 2018 World Cup, Croatia was the king of overtime, and after entering the knockout stage, they played three consecutive overtime matches, including matches against Denmark and Russia, which advanced through penalty shootouts, and the semifinal against England, where Mandzukic played a shutout in overtime.
This time, facing Japan, Croatia beat Japan 3-1 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in regular time, advancing to the last eight.
And Croatia played overtime four times in the World Cup, all achieved the final victory. As for the only time Croatia did not play overtime in 8 games, it was the 2018 World Cup final, where they defeated France 2-4 in regular time.
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