Croatia Kicks Japan Out of Fifa World Cup

Croatia Kicks Japan Out of Fifa World Cup

World Cup bronze winners Croatia progressed into the 2022 Fifa World Cup quarterfinals after winning a penalty shootout over Japan on Monday, December 5, 2022 following a hard-fought 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Japan, which was attempting to become the first Asian team in the quarterfinals in 20 years, had a 1-0 lead at halftime before Croatia equalized early in the second half. There was no scoring in extra time.

Scottish Premier League champions Celtic winger Daizen Maeda gave Japan the lead at the Al Janoub Stadium just before half-time when he pounced following a deep free-kick into the opposing penalty box.

Croatia hit back through a super header from English Premier League (EPL) Tottenham Hotspur winger Ivan Perisic on 55 minutes to set up a tense final half hour, although either side could find a winner inside 90 minutes, nor in extra-time.

Croatia goalkeeper Dinamo Zaghreb’s Dominic Kivakovic saved penalties from Takumi MinaminoKaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida before Mario Pasalic scored to claim a 3-1 win on penalties and send them through to the quarterfinal stage, where they will face either Brazil or South Korea, who play later on Monday, December 5th, 2022.