Friday, January 27, 2023

Croatia beat Japan on penalties to reach quarters

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Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was the hero, saving three penalties in the shootout, as Croatia edged past Japan after a 1-1 draw to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Livakovic kept out the first two efforts before stopping Maya Yoshida’s kick, then Mario Pasalic converted the vital effort to take his side through.

Zlatko Dalic’s side, beaten in the final by France four years ago, will face tournament favourites Brazil or South Korea in the next round on Friday (15:00 GMT).

Japan were the livelier side and took a deserved lead two minutes before half-time when Celtic forward Daizen Maeda converted from Yoshida’s knock down.

Croatia levelled in the second half courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s brilliant bullet header from Dejan Lovren’s cross, becoming his country’s all-time leading scorer at major tournaments with 10 goals.

Neither side could find a breakthrough and the game ticked into the additional 30 minutes, with Brighton midfielder Kaoru Mitoma’s spectacular strike pushed over by Livakovic.

At the other end, Marko Livaja’s flicked header looked to be looping in, but Shuichi Gonda managed to gather and Lovro Majer dragged a shot in the 120th minute.

The contest went to nerve-shredding penalties, where Livakovic emerged as the man to lead Croatia’s celebrations.

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Line-ups

Japan

Formation 3-4-3

  • 12Gonda
  • 16Tomiyasu
  • 22Yoshida
  • 3Taniguchi
  • 14Ito
  • 6Endo
  • 13MoritaSubstituted forTanakaat 105′minutes
  • 5NagatomoSubstituted forMitomaat 64′minutes
  • 8DoanSubstituted forMinaminoat 87′minutes
  • 25MaedaSubstituted forAsanoat 64′minutes
  • 15KamadaSubstituted forH Sakaiat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kawashima
  • 2Yamane
  • 7Shibasaki
  • 9Mitoma
  • 10Minamino
  • 17Tanaka
  • 18Asano
  • 19H Sakai
  • 20Machino
  • 21Ueda
  • 23Schmidt
  • 24Soma
  • 26Ito

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Livakovic
  • 22Juranovic
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 3BarisicBooked at 116mins
  • 10ModricSubstituted forMajerat 99′minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 8KovacicBooked at 90minsSubstituted forVlasicat 99′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forPasalicat 68′minutes
  • 16PetkovicSubstituted forBudimirat 62′minutesSubstituted forLivajaat 105′minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forOrsicat 105′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Erlic
  • 7Majer
  • 12Grbic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 14Livaja
  • 15Pasalic
  • 17Budimir
  • 18Orsic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Ivusic
  • 24Sutalo
  • 25Sucic
  • 26Jakic

Referee:
Ismail Elfath

Attendance:
42,523

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