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FIFA World Cup 2022: Croatia Beats Japan 3-1 On Penalties To Reach The Quarter-Finals

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Croatia Beats Japan 3-1 On Penalties To Reach The Quarter-Finals.

(CTN NEWS) – FIFA World Cup 2022 — Croatia,  the runner-up at last year’s World Cup. remains the team full of energy in this one.

Monday’s long round of 16 matches in Qatar saw Croatia tie Japan 1-1 on penalties (3-1).

Dominik Livakovi, the goalkeeper for Croatia, miraculously stopped three shots from Japan to win the game-ending shootout, which was the first of the competition. In a shootout, Livakovi tied a World Cup record for most saves.

Croatia advances to the tournament’s quarterfinals with the victory.

A barren 30-plus extra time, during which neither team could capitalize on many scoring opportunities, led to the decisive shootout.

At Al Janoub Stadium, the game reached extra time after 90+ minutes of regular and stoppage time of enthralling back-and-forth action.

Japan broke with tradition at the World Cup and scored first for the first time in the final seconds of the first half. Japanese forward Daizen Maeda beat Livakovi with a point-blank shot in the 43rd minute to score.

It was Maeda’s second goal in a match against an international opponent.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Croatia Beats Japan 3-1 On Penalties To Reach The Quarter-Finals.

Japan forward Daizen Maeda (#25) runs with the ball during the 2022 World Cup round of 16 football matches between Japan and Croatia.

Croatia then equalized the score 10 minutes into the second half. Ivan Persic, a forward, expertly headed the ball in from the right side after receiving a long pass over the top from Japanese goalkeeper Shichi Gonda.

No other goals were scored, even though both teams had multiple excellent chances to break through their opponent’s strong defense.

Croatia has won its last ten games without a loss (seven wins and three draws dating to June). Once more, Japan’s round of 16 performance comes to a sad conclusion.

At the World Cups in 2002, 2010, and 2018, Japan advanced thus far but lost each match. North Korea in 1966 and South Korea in 2002 are the only Asian nations to have reached the tournament’s quarterfinals.

One of the biggest surprises at this World Cup has been Japan, which has twice shocked European heavyweights Germany and Spain in the group stage by rallying from behind. Germany is a four-time World Cup champion.

Due to their victories, the Blue Samurai took the top in their force-packed division.

The story of this nation included contributions from Japanese enthusiasts as well.

FIFA World Cup 2022: Croatia Beats Japan 3-1 On Penalties To Reach The Quarter-Finals.

Livaković saves Takumi Minamino’s effort during the penalty shootout.

They received praise for tidying up their sections after games, collecting water bottles, food wrappers, and other items that football fans may have thrown around during tense and emotional games.

According to Masashi Sato, a 45-year-old resident of Tokyo, “when you go outdoors and do things with people, basically our culture, our virtue, it’s a vital conduit to clean up.

Similar to anything we should do as part of common civility.”

In Japan, especially in urban areas, there are litterbugs, according to Sato, a World Cup cleanup volunteer. He advises them to go after the Doha-gathered soccer supporters.

But he adds that being wonderful guests in Qatar had a lot to do with how we behaved.

According to Sato, “everyone is aware of how we should conduct ourselves outside the nation. “We must speak for our nation. Almost everyone is staring at us.

To demonstrate to foreigners that Japanese people have common sense, we must always be kind to everyone.”

In the quarterfinals on Friday, Croatia will play the winner of Monday’s late encounter between Brazil and South Korea.

FIFA World Cup 2022 | Japan vs. Croatia 1-3 | Match Highlights


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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