Qatar 2022: Croatia defeats Japan on penalties and qualifies for the Quarterfinals |  photogallery

The Croatian National Team He took his place in the Quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, where he will face the winner of the duel between Brazil and South Korea, after beat Japan on penalties, 1-3, on Monday at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Daichi Kamada opened the scoring at minute 43 and ivan perisic equalized the duel at minute 55. Dominik Livakovic He was the man of the match after saving three penalties against the Japanese.

The Japanese started the game by putting pressure on the goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and the European defensive line; however, those led by zlatko dalic They did not eat cravings and controlled the game by touching the ball.

At minute 7 ‘, a serious error of Takehiro Tomiyasu leave it to ivan perisic one on one against the Japanese goalkeeper, the Tottenham player shot on goal but Shuichi Gonda It was better, he made a great save and kept the score level.

Subsequently, the Europeans increased their superiority on the pitch and did not share possession of the ball; However, they were not fine in front of the goal and missed dangerous opportunities.

In the last minutes of the first half, the ‘samurais’ raised their heads and with little possession they created a lot of danger over the ‘chess’ box. At 40′, Daichi Kamada he cleared a couple of defenders inside the area and finished off but his shot went high. The Japanese began to knock on the door…

Two minutes later, the ‘samurais’ launched a cross from the left wing, the ‘chess’ defense could not clear, Daizen Maeda the ball was found inside the area and put the Asians ahead.

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After passing through the locker room, the story continued the same: Croatia controlled possession and Japan defended waiting for the counterattack.

However, so much control of the ball paid off. At 55′, Dejan Lovren He took a cross from the left wing, the service found it ivan perisicwho finished off violently with his head, and tied the duel.

After the goal, the Europeans grew and began to look for the advantage on the scoreboard in different ways. Luka modriccaptain and star of Croatia, took a mid-range shot at minute 62 and forced Gonda to make a great save.

At 76′, perisic found himself with space and time, the attacker faced the Asians’ area and took a powerful shot that passed centimeters from the goal of Gonda.

Regulation time ended with chances for both sides but neither ended in a goal. Thus, the duel between Japan and Croatia is the first of Qatar 2022 to reach overtime.

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In the first extra time, the game opened up and the opportunities for both teams became more frequent. Japan had the clearest opportunity in these 15 minutes. At 105′, Kaoru Mitoma he dribbled past several rivals and took a powerful shot from outside the area; nevertheless, Livakovic he defended his goal and the first extra part came to an end with the score tied.

The second half of extra time started with chances for both teams. The game was broken and the chances increased but the aim was still not sharp and the duel extended until the penalty shootout.

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On penalties the Croats prevailed 1-3, the best of the day was Dominik Livakovic saving three penalties.

Round of 16
Japan 1-1 Croatia
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States/Morocco)
Stadium: Al Janoub
1-0 (43′).- Daichi Kamada
2-0 (55′).- Ivan Perisic


Takumi Minamino: Missed – Japan 0 – 0 Croatia
Nikola Vlasic: Goal – Japan 0 – 1 Croatia
Kaoru Mitoma: Missed – Japan 0 – 1 Croatia
Marcelo Brozović: Goal – Japan 0 – 2 Croatia
Takuma Asano: Goal – Japan 1 – 2 Croatia
Marko Livaja: Missed – Japan 1 – 2 Croatia
Maya Yoshida: Missed – Japan 1 – 2 Croatia
Mario Pasalic: Goal – Japan 1 – 3 Croatia

Shuichi Gonda
Maya Yoshida
Shōgo Taniguchi
Takehiro Tomiyasu
Morita Hidemasa
(Ao Tanaka, 105′)
Wataru Endō
Yuto Nagatomo
(Kaoru Mitoma, 64′)
Junya Ito
Daizen Maeda
(Takuma Asano, 64′)
Daichi Kamada
(Hiroki Sakai, 75′)
Ritsu Doan
(Takumi Minamino, 87′)
DT: Hajime Moriyasu

Dominik Livakovic
Josko Gvardiol
Dejan Lovren
borna barisic
Josip Juranovic
Marcelo Brozóvic
Mateo Kovacic (Yellow, 90 ‘)
(Nikola Vlasic, 99′)
Luka modric
(Lovro Majer, 99′)
Bruno Petkovic
(Before Budimir, 62 ‘)
(Marko Livaja, 105′)
ivan perisic
(Mislav Orsic, 105′)
andrej kramaric
(Mario Pasalic, 68′)
DT: Zlatko Dalic

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