After having been the leaders of Group E that they shared with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica, the Japan national team said goodbye to the Qatar World Cup 2022 losing to Croatia in the Round of 16. Unfortunately for your cause, The Japanese did not know how to respond since the penalty shootout and they leave Arab lands with great sadness.
After a fairly even first half in which both teams had their chances, The Japanese managed to take the lead at halftime with a score by Daizen Maeda at minute 43, assisted by Maya Yoshida, who left the ball in the area for the Celtic footballer from Scotland and he only sent it to the bottom of the net to beat Dominik Livakovic to lead his team 0-1.
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Subsequently, At minute 55, Ivan Perisic appeared to equalize the score with a header that took goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda completely awayafter receiving an extraordinary cross from the historic central defender, Dejan Lovren. The Tottenham left winger equaled what Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Xherdan Shaqiri have done, as the players who have scored in the last three World Cups.
The match continued and the Croats took control of the actions after drawing the match, but they were unable to reflect it in the result and Japan had their chances at the feet of Ritsu Joan, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Takuma Asano. The match prevailed and in overtime they did not know how to cause damage to the rival goals, so the penalty shootout came.
Livakovic was the hero of the match
The goalkeeper from the Balkans became the figure of the match, as he saved 3 penalties against the Japanese and sent Croatia to the Quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper guided those led by Zlatko Dalic, stopping the shots from Minamino, Mitoma and Maya Yoshida: Marko Livaja failed for the Croats, but Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mario Pasalic scored.
A.Budimir (61′, B. Petkovic), K. Mitoma (63′, Y.Nagatomo), T.Asano (63′, Mr. Maeda), M. Pasalic (67′, A. Kramaric), H.Sakai (74′, Mr. Kamada), T. Minamino (86′, R. Doan), N. Vlasic (98′, M. Kovacic), L.Majer (98′, L. Modric), M.Livaja (105′, A. Budimir), M. Orsic (105′, I. Perišić), A.Tanaka (105′, H. Morita)
1-0, 42′: Daizen Maeda1-1, 54′: perisic
Referee: Ismail Elfath
VAR referee: Nicolás Gallo Barragán, Julio Bascuñán
kovacic (89′,Yellow) borna barisic (115′,Yellow)