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Croatia reaches the World Cup quarterfinals with a penalty shootout victory over Japan

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 Croatia reached the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday with a dramatic 3 1 penalty shootout victory over Japan after a tense round of 16 clash ended 1 1 Mario Pasalic scored the game winning penalty to send Croatia through after Ivan Perisic equalized Croatia in the 55th minute of regulation following Daizen Maeda s first goal for Japan just before half time Croatia now faces either Brazil or South Korea in the quarterfinals and continues midfield icon Luka Modric s sojourn in his fourth and likely final World Cup Japan s bid to reach the quarter finals for the first time in their history came to a crushing end after another display like the one that saw off Spain and Germany on their way to the top of Group E However they were unable to claim a big european hair more in shape like the 2018 finalists and they go home in the round of 16 like four years ago after saving three of their penalties Japan could have easily been ahead within three minutes when Shogo Taniguchi headed wide from point blank range and 10 minutes later Daizen Maeda came close to converting a brilliantly placed low ball by Junya Ito from the right flank Meanwhile Perisic had shot from a tight angle that led to a goalmouth scramble but if Croatia scored he risked the goal being disallowed for what looked like a clear push on Takehiro Tomiyasu Bruno Petkovic then squandered a great opportunity in the 25th minute strolling almost uncontested on a long pass only to waste time and fail to get a pass to Andrej Kramaric who was charging into the box Then Kramaric was too slow to take advantage of Perisic s dangerous move and from there Japan took control and the lead Daichi Kamada had already brought down after an excellent pass when in the 43rd minute Maeda fired in the first goal after Ritsu Doan s cross was brought down by Maya Yoshida Japan looked like the better team and was ready to inflict more damage but out of nowhere Croatia s most dangerous player Perisic leveled the score with a bullet header from a deep Dejan Lovren cross Almost immediately afterwards Wataru Endo responded with a fine shot that Dominik Livakovic deflected over the bar before Shuichi Gonda made the save of the match to avoid Modric s beautiful dribbling shot Modric was substituted nine minutes into the first half of extra time in which Japan had the best chance Kaoru Mitoma s effort well deflected by Livakovic With penalties looming one last chance fell to Modric s replacement Lovro Majer who dragged his shot wide but his team prevailed in the shootout to end the Blue Samurai s entertaining adventure
Croatia reaches the World Cup quarterfinals with a penalty shootout victory over Japan

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Croatia reached the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday with a dramatic 3-1 penalty shootout victory over Japan after a tense round of 16 clash ended 1-1.

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Mario Pasalic scored the game-winning penalty to send Croatia through after Ivan Perisic equalized Croatia in the 55th minute of regulation following Daizen Maeda’s first goal for Japan just before half-time.

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Croatia now faces either Brazil or South Korea in the quarterfinals and continues midfield icon Luka Modric’s sojourn in his fourth and likely final World Cup. Japan’s bid to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history came to a crushing end after another display like the one that saw off Spain and Germany on their way to the top of Group E.

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However, they were unable to claim a big european hair more.

in shape like the 2018 finalists and they go home in the round of 16, like four years ago, after saving three of their penalties.

Japan could have easily been ahead within three minutes when Shogo Taniguchi headed wide from point-blank range, and 10 minutes later Daizen Maeda came close to converting a brilliantly placed low ball by Junya Ito from the right flank.

Meanwhile, Perisic had shot from a tight angle that led to a goalmouth scramble, but if Croatia scored, he risked the goal being disallowed for what looked like a clear push on Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Bruno Petkovic then squandered a great opportunity in the 25th minute, strolling almost uncontested on a long pass only to waste time and fail to get a pass to Andrej Kramaric who was charging into the box.

Then Kramaric was too slow to take advantage of Perisic’s dangerous move and from there Japan took control and the lead.

Daichi Kamada had already brought down after an excellent pass when in the 43rd minute Maeda fired in the first goal after Ritsu Doan’s cross was brought down by Maya Yoshida.

Japan looked like the better team and was ready to inflict more damage, but out of nowhere Croatia’s most dangerous player, Perisic, leveled the score with a bullet header from a deep Dejan Lovren cross.

Almost immediately afterwards, Wataru Endo responded with a fine shot that Dominik Livakovic deflected over the bar, before Shuichi Gonda made the save of the match to avoid Modric’s beautiful, dribbling shot.

Modric was substituted nine minutes into the first half of extra time in which Japan had the best chance, Kaoru Mitoma’s effort well deflected by Livakovic.

With penalties looming, one last chance fell to Modric’s replacement, Lovro Majer, who dragged his shot wide, but his team prevailed in the shootout to end the Blue Samurai’s entertaining adventure.

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