Croatia advances to the quarterfinals by defeating Japan on penalties.
Full Time Score: 3-1 (1-1)
Perisic scores for Croatia in the World Cup Round of 16 against Japan.
Japan faces 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia in the Round of 16.
The Samurai Blue will be confident after beating Germany and Spain in this World Cup, losing only to Costa Rica.
Croatia has drawn with Morocco and Belgium but beat Canada 4-1 to show they can score goals.
Croatia won’t let another World Cup opportunity slip them by after their 2018 loss.
The Sporting News covers Japan vs. Croatia at the 2022 World Cup. Round 16 results from Qatar are below.
Latest Japan-Croatia score
1H 2H Final
Japan 1 1 — \sCroatia 0 1 —
44th minute: Maeda, JAP
CRO Perisic 55th
Japan (right to left): Gonda (GK) vs. Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Taniguchi, Ito, Endo, Morita, Nagatomo, Doan, Maeda, Kamada.
Croatia (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 3. Barisic — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic — 9. Kramaric, 16. Petkovic, 4. Perisic.
Croatia tries to raise pressure as tensions rise. Gonda punches out a corner well.
Modric gave Croatia a pep talk as both teams made adjustments.
Ao Tanaka replaces Hidemasa Morita and Marko Livaja replaces Budimir.
Perisic also has Mislav Orsic.
Halftime in overtime!
WOWWWW…… 105 minutes
Mitoma’s midfield shot is saved by Livakovic.
Japan clears a Barisic cross after 103 minutes.
Zlatko Dalic’s brave move with penalties looming…
Lovro Majer and Nikola Vlasic replace Modric and Kovacic.
After Pasalic’s injury, Croatia restarts.
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Taniguchi’s header from Ito’s corner is wide.
FIRST EXTRA TIME FOR QATAR 2022!
Perisic’s leveller assures extra time after 90 minutes in Al Wakrah; play will resume in a few minutes.
Mateo Kovacic’s late challenge on Ito results in four more minutes.
Perisic crosses to Pasalic, but two Japan players prevent a clear header.
Doan gets Takumi Minamino.
85 minutes: Endo makes another tackle and Perisic fails to win a corner from Tomiyasu as extra time looms.
Mitoma passes to Tomiyasu, but the Arsenal defender’s square pass is cleared.
Perisic’s 75th-minute shot nearly misses Gonda’s goal. Hiroki Sakai replaces Kamada.
69 mins: Budimir heads wide as Andrej Kramaric’s cross deflects to him in the box.
Pasalic replaces Kramaric.
Gonda dives across to jeep out a 25-metre shot by Croatia’s skipper.
Ante Budimir replaces Petkovic, while Takuma Asano and Kaoru Mitoma replace Maeda and Nagatomo.
61 minutes: Nagatomo stops Perisic’s threat and Livakovic saves Ito’s feeble shot.
Endo nearly scores for Japan in the 57th minute, but Livakovic saves it.
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55 mins: Croatia’s level!
Croatia is level!
Perisic heads home Lovren’s deep cross after Croatia played keep-ball in midfield.
51 minutes: Croatia takes an aggressive approach to get back in the game. As Petkovic fights for a high ball inside the Japan box, the referee appears uninterested.
The 2018 finalists are 45 minutes away from World Cup history.
Kamada’s long-range shot goes wide during halftime.
Halftime: Japan leads Al Wakr
Daizen Maeda’s close-range goal gives Japan a 1-0 lead at Al Janoub Stadium.
Maeda’s instinctive goal rewarded Hajime Moriyasu’s side after dominating the first half.
44 minutes: Japan scores!
Japan’s pressure works!!!!!
Doan delivers another short corner into the box, Croatia can’t clear, and Maeda scores!
First-place Japan in Qatar!!
Juranovic headers Ritsu Doan’s cross away from Livakovic in the 42nd minute.
Luka Modric’s deep free kick is cleared, and Ito breaks for Japan. Maeda tries to keep the ball alive and finds Kamada, but his unbalanced shot is high.
Kamada nearly feeds Maeda inside the box, but Gvardiol clears.
Daichi Kamada tries to break upfield, but Juranovic tackles him. Croatia resets in midfield.
Perisic flicks on Borna Barisic’s ball, but Nagatomo denies Petkovic at the back post.
Gvardiol misses from the edge of the box, and Bruno Petkovic is crowded out in the Japan box.
Nagatomo’s cross finds Maeda between Dejan Lovren and Josko Gvardiol, but he misjudges his header and Croatia recover.
Junya Ito sends a wonderful cross into the Croatia box, but Maeda and Yuto Nagatomo can’t reach it. Josip Juranovic clears.
Croatia…so close to 1-0!
Ivan Perisic pounces on Takehiro Tomiyasu’s error while trying to pass to Shuichi Gonda. Tottenham’s Harry Kane hesitates, and Japan’s Gonda saves easily.
5 mins: Daizen Maeda blocks Dominik Livakovic’s clearance, and Endo tackles Luka Modric in midfield.
3 mins: Japan’s early chance!
Shogo Taniguchi heads Wataru Endo’s short corner wide.
START: AL WAKRAH BEGINS
30-minute countdown: Gvardiol: Croatia’s masked hero?
1 hour until kickoff: AL JANOUB STADIUM TEAM NEWS!
Takehiro Tomiyasu replaces Ko Itakura in Japan’s defence. Ao Tanaka and Takefusa Kubo start behind Wataru Endo and Ritsu Doan.
Borna Barisic replaces Borna Sosa at left back, and Bruno Petkovic replaces Marko Livaja in attack.
1h30 from kickoff: Japan won two group stages, can they accomplish it again?
2 hours 30 minutes before kickoff: “Today we go again with all our strength” Croatia!
3-hour countdown: Japan has reached the World Cup quarterfinals four times, including the last two.
They lost against Turkey in 2002, Paraguay (on penalties) in 2010, and Belgium in 2018. Only DPR Korea and South Korea have reached the World Cup quarterfinals.
3 hours 30 minutes until kickoff: Japan vs. Germany: Any doubts? Kaoru Mitoma, the ball-keeper, disagrees. “It’s in,” he said.
4 hours until kickoff: Each team’s form suggests a close game. Japan had five clean sheets before their final warm-up game against Canada, but they’ve already conceded in four straight.
Croatia didn’t score in two of their three group games, but they haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last nine games, including double-headers with France and Denmark.
This will be Japan and Croatia’s third World Cup meeting, with Japan losing 1-0 in 1998 and drawing 0-0 in 2006. Croatia has only played two Asian nations at the World Cup.
5 hours to kickoff: Welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Japan vs Croatia. We hope Japan has calmed down after last week’s amazing win against Germany.
Japan vs. Croatia lineups
Ko Itakura is suspended after picking up a second yellow card against Spain, therefore Takehiro Tomiyasu starts.
Ritsu Doan replaces Takefusa Kubo and scores against Spain. Wataru Endo returns to midfield.
12. Gonda (GK) — 16. Tomiyasu, 22. Yoshida, 3. Taniguchi — 14. Ito, 6. Endo, 13. Morita, 5. Nagatomo — 8. Doan, 25. Maeda, 15. Kamada.
Borna Barisic and Bruno Petkovic start for Zlatko Dalic, who has used the same starting XI in the last two games.
Croatia’s confirmed (4-3-3) lineup: Livakovic (GK) — Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic — Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic — Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic.
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