The nail-biting victory of Croatia against Japan in a penalty shootout took place on Monday at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar.
The score was level at 1-1 after the first half of the 2022 World Cup, which consisted of normal and 90 minutes of play. Despite this, Croatia was victorious against Japan 3-1 in the penalty shootout and advanced to the quarterfinals.
In a World Cup penalty shootout on Monday, Croatia prevailed against Japan, winning the match 3-1 and moving on to the competition’s quarterfinals. Dominic Livakovic made a save in each of the three penalty kicks attempted by Maya Yoshida, Kaoru Mitoma, and Takumi Minamino, respectively.
Despite Japan’s dominance throughout the game and the 1-1 scoreline, their hopes shattered when they lost the penalty shootout.
During the penalty shootout, Mario Pasalic from Croatia scored the game-winning penalty. At the same time, Dominik Livakovic from Croatia made three saves to keep his team in the game. In the end, Croatia prevailed in the battle of nerves that characterised the whole penalty shootout after neither team scored in the extra session.
Luka Modri, a world-class midfielder, provided Croatia with significant leadership, which was a substantial component in the team’s ability to win and advance.
Japan took the lead thanks to a goal scored by Daizen Maeda in the first half. Ivan Perisic of Croatia scored the equaliser with just a few seconds remaining on the clock, tying the score. A shootout from the penalty spot ended the match after regular and overtime went scoreless.