Wed. May 31st, 2023


Japan vs Croatia final score, result: Croatia seal 2022 World Cup quarter-final spot with penalty shootout win

Croatia booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, beating Japan 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the round of 16 in Al Waqara.

The 2018 finalists struggled in the early stages, as Celtic striker Daisen Maeda duly put Japan ahead before the break.

However, Zlatko Dalic’s experienced side rallied after the restart, as Tottenham winger Ivan Perisic arrived to head them level inside the six-yard box.

Netherside got a second goal in extra-time, and Croatia won a battle of nerves in the penalty shootout, as Dominic Levakovic saved three Japan spot-kicks and Mario Pasalic stroked the decisive penalty.
Japan vs Croatia Final Score
1H 2H Final
Japan 1 1 1*
Croatia 0 1 1*
*Croatia won 3-1 on penalties.


JAP – Maeda (44 minutes)

CRO — Perisic (55 minutes)

Confirmed Lineup:

Japan lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 16. Tomiyasu, 22. Yoshida, 3. Taniguchi — 14. Ito, 6. Endo, 13. Morita, 5. Nagatomo — 8 Doan, 25. Maida, 15. Kamada.

Croatia lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Levakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 3. Barisic — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 9. Kramark, 16. Petkovic, 4. Perisic.

Japan vs Croatia as it happened, 2022 World Cup highlights
Full time: Croatia win 3-1 on penalties.
Croatia goalkeeper Livakovic is the hero, as he saved three Japan spot kicks to send the 2018 finalists through to the last eight!!

Croatia has reached the quarter-finals!
Pasalic to win it for Croatia….SCORES!
Mayo Yoshida for Japan….saved!
Livaja for Croatia….off the post!
Easy home for Japan….2-1. Great goal!
Desperate for Marcelo Brozovic as he pokes the ball home….2-0 Croatia!
Mitoma for Japan….Saved!
Vlasic for Croatia….1-0!
Japan starts the shootout:

With spot-kick wins against Denmark and Russia in 2018, Croatia holds the lead in World Cup penalty shootout records, with Japan defeating Paraguay in 2010.

It’s all over: Japan 1 Croatia 1 – Penalties to come

120 +1 min: Croatia play the ball to Livorno Major on the edge of the box but the substitute is dragged away!

Sixty Seconds Addition!!

118 mins: A tired challenge from Borna Barsek sees it through.

115 mins: Both goalkeepers have been decisive in winning high balls in these closing moments, as penalties loom.

110 min: Croatia looking to generate some pressure as the tension builds. Sochi Gonda gets off his line and clears a corner.

106 mins: WE’RE BACK!!

Luka Modric walked off the pitch giving Croatia a pep talk as more changes were made from both sides. Ante Budemir was replaced, with Marko Lewaja and Ao Tanaka replacing Hidemasa Morita.

Experienced Croatian forward Mislav Orsic also replaces Ivan Perisic.


105 min: Wow!… Kaoru Mitoma breaks forward from midfield but his effort goes straight at Dominik Levakovic.
95 min: Croatia resume play after Mario Pasalic is injured.

91 min: We’re back – will this be the first penalty shootout in Qatar?

Ito hits a corner at the near post but Shogo Taniguchi’s looped header is well wide.

Full time: Qatar 2022 is the first extra time!

All square after 90 minutes at Al Waqra, as Ivan Perisic’s leveler ensured extra time, with action resuming within minutes.

90 mins: Mateo Kovacic added four minutes after receiving his first booking of the game for a late challenge on Ito.

86 min: Ivan Perisic delivers a cross to the far post but Mario Pasalic can’t get a clean header on it under pressure from two Japan defenders.

Takumi Minamino arrives for Ritsu Doan.

85 min: Scrappy from both sides as this tie heads into extra-time as Wataru Endo gets into another tackle and Ivan Perisic fails to win a corner from Takehiro Tomiyasu.


80 min: Kaoru Mitoma feeds a clever ball into Takehiro Tomiyasu, but the Arsenal defender gets his foot in a mess, and his square ball is cleared.

75 min: Croatia seem to ease into gears now after Ivan Perisic fires an effort just wide of Shochi Gonda’s post. Another change for Japan comes for Daichi Kamada as Hiroki Sakai.

69 min: A near-perfect effort from Ante Budimir as Andre Kramaric’s cross bends towards him in the box, but he can only head wide!

Andrzej Kramark has since been replaced by Mario Pasalic.


Croatia are now starting to gather momentum as their captain is one up from 25 metres, but Shoiki Gonda dives to keep him out.
62 mins: Changes for both teams as Antibudimir comes on for Bruno Petkovic and Takuma Asano and Kaoru Mitoma replaces Daisen Maeda and Yuto Nagatomo.
61 min: Pressure at both ends as Yuto Nagatomo hits Ivan PerisicGets back to keep the danger out and Dominik Levacovic gathers Junia Eto’o’s weak effort.

57 min: Japan almost immediately strike back as Wataru Endo heads wide but Dominic Levakovic looks the other way and tips it over the crossbar.
51 min: Croatia are taking a direct approach to try to get themselves back into the game. Bruno Petkovic wants a penalty, as he fights for a high ball inside the Japan box, but the referee isn’t interested.

46 mins: WE’RE BACK!!

Japan are 45 minutes away from World Cup history – but can the 2018 finalists react?

No change on the break for either side as Daichi Kamada bounces a long-range effort over the crossbar.

Half-time: Japan lead in Al Waqra.

Japan took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Daisen Maeda’s close-range finish at the Sanob Stadium.

The Samurai Blue took the lead in the first 45 minutes and Maeda’s instinctive goal from Hajime Moriasu was just the reward.
44 min: GOALLLLLLLLLLLL for Japan!!!!

Japan’s pressure finally paid off!!


Another short corner is worked over by Japan as Doan delivers a wonderful ball into the box — Croatia are unable to clear, and Daizen Maeda heads home past his marker!!

Japan took the lead in Qatar for the first time!
42 min: Almost a mix-up for Croatia when Josip Juranovic deflects Ritsu Doan’s cross past Dominik Levacovic.

38 min: Luka Modric’s deep free-kick is cleared and Eto’o breaks for Japan — Daizen Maeda fights to keep the ball alive and finds Daichi Kamada, but his off-balance effort is just off target!!

34 min: Japan come again, as Daichi Kamada almost feeds Daizen Maeda inside the box, but the ball ricochets away and Josco Guardiola clears.

31 min: Daichi Kamada looks to break upfield, but Josip Juranovic comes up with a decisive challenge, and Croatia reset in midfield.

26 min: A flurry of crosses into the box gives Croatia momentum, as Ivan Perisic flicks on Borna Barisic’s ball, but Yuto Nagatomo gets back to deny Bruno Petkovic at the back post.

22 min: Croatia are slowly starting to get into the game, as Josip Gvardiol fires over from the edge of the box, and Bruno Petkovic crowds the Japan box.

17 min: A less clear cut for Japan this time, as Yuto Nagatomo’s cross finds Dejan Maeda between Dejan Lloren and Josko Guardiola, but the Celtic striker misjudges his header and Croatia recover.

12 mins: Another chance for Japan Junia Ito flashes a brilliant cross into the Croatia box, but Daisen Maeda and Yuto Nagatomo can’t get far enough to get to it, and Josip Juranovic is cleared back.

8 min: Croatia….so close to 1-0!!

Takehiro Tomiyasu slipped in an attempt to play the ball back to Shuichi Gonda and Ivan Perisic pounced inside the box. But, it takes too long for the Tottenham star to make up his mind, and it’s a straightforward save for Japan keeper Gonda.

5 min: A really positive start from Japan, as Daisen Maeda blocks Dominik Levacovic’s pass, and Wataru Ando wins a brilliant tackle on Luka Modric in midfield.

3 min: A huge opening chance for Japan!

A short corner is played in for Wataru Ando on the edge of the box and his cross is headed just wide by Shogo Taniguchi!
2 hours 30 minutes to kick-off: “Today we’re going again with all our strength,” the 2018 finalists said on their Instagram account in preparation for kick-off. “For Croatia!
3 hours from kick-off: Japan have reached the last 16 of the World Cup for the fourth time, including the last two editions.


However, they have never progressed beyond this stage, going out to Turkey in 2002, Paraguay (on penalties) in 2010 and Belgium in 2018. The only Asian countries to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup were DPR Korea and South Korea in 1966. In 2002

3 hours 30 minutes from kick-off: Doubts on Japan’s goal against Germany? Not according to Kaoru Mitoma, the man who put the ball in play. “The ball was definitely in,” he said.
4 hours from kick-off: The chances of this being another tight game seem to be backed up by the form of each team. Japan had kept five clean sheets before their final warm-up game against Canada, although they have now lost each of their last four matches.Japan vs croatia streaming

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Croatia failed to score in two of their three group games but have not scored more than one goal in any of their last nine games – and that includes double-headers with France and Denmark.Japan vs croatia score

4 hours 30 minutes from kick-off: This will be the third World Cup meeting between Japan and Croatia, with Japan winning the previous two without a goal – a 1-0 loss in 1998 and a goalless draw in 2006. No draws, both in the group stage. These two matches are also Croatia’s only previous World Cup matches against an Asian country.

5 hours from kick-off: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Japan v Croatia as the Round of 16 matches get hotter and hotter. Let’s hope that Japan really did last weekHave calmed down after an incredible night that saw them top the group and knock out Germany!

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