Japan’s round of 16 clash with Croatia became the first knockout match to go into penalties at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after the scoreline remained 1-1 even after extra time.
Japan took the lead in the 43rd minute when Ritsu Doan’s cross from the right wing found Maya Yoshida in the Croatian box who headed the ball down before Daizen Maeda put it in the back of the net.
However, 2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia equalised 10 minutes into the second half courtesy of a header from Ivan Perisic after a cross from Dejan Lovren.
After the scoreline remained 1-1 at the end of regulation period, the two sides further played two halves of 15 minutes each but still could not be separated. The winner will now be decided via penalty shootout but Croatia will not have either Luka Modric or Mateo Kovacic for the spot kicks as both were substituted in extra time.
For Croatia, it was the seventh time in last eight knockout matches across tournaments that it played in extra time.
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