Japan vs Croatia highlights, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16: Croatia beats JPN 3-1 in penalties

Japan vs Croatia: Read the live updates of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match, JPN vs CRO, being played at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Japan’s Junya Ito in action with Croatia’s Borna Barisic in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Japan’s Junya Ito in action with Croatia’s Borna Barisic in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match at the Al Janoub Stadium. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Japan vs Croatia: Read the live updates of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match, JPN vs CRO, being played at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Welcome to Sportstar’s live bog of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match between Japan and Croatia, being played at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Penalty shootout begins!
Japan wins the toss and both teams assemble at the half-way line for the penalty shootout.
Japan: Minamino misses the first penalty.
Mitoma sees his second penalty saved now as Livakovic makes two good saves. Asano steps up and scores.
First goal for Japan.
Yoshida, the Japan captain steps up and sees his shot saved again.
Croatia: Vlasic scores the penalty, Brozovic scores the second penalty as well.
Livaja misses the third penalty.
Pasalic scores and guides Croatia into the quarterfinals.
End of extra-time!
120 minutes of football plus injury time could not separate the two sides as Japan and Croatia stay locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time. This means that FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is set to have its first penalty shootout.
119’

Crosses from the flanks are falling flat as both teams are throwing defenders in numbers to prevent a late winner in this round of 16 clash, which has already been a great contest so far.

Chance on either end for Croatia and Japan!
Juranovic takes a long throw-in, but Gonda makes a crucial interception to stop it and Japan goes on a counter attack. Endo, crosses into the Croatian box, Juranovic heads it to clear, and Mitoma runs in to intercept. However, Livakovic catches the ball.
112’

One blue shirt behind every Croatia attacker at the moment. Moriyasu has kept his notes clearly in mind, as every long ball from the wings by the Croats in being cleared by Japan.

110’

Four white shirts keep Livakovic armed with enough cushion as Japan’s missed passes may just return to bite them, with the match increasingly looking to end as a draw and go into the penalty shootout.

106’

Pinball in the midfield continues between Croatia and Japan as neither side looks to give up on the World Cup dream. Last year’s runner-up vs three-time prequarterfinalist - this FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fixture is a tale of underdogs dreaming of glory.

ET second half begins!
Luka Modric being subbed off and Livakovic’s late save remain the highlights of the first half as the second half begins after a small team huddle in the break during extra-time.
104’

Save! Brozovic tries a long ball from the midfield, which Japan blocks and starts an attack on the counter, with Mitoma shooting right on target, but Livakovic saves with a good reflex save.

102’

No real chance created by either side so far, and if it remains so, this will be the first time these two teams will have a penalty shootout for the result. Two of their previous matches have been group stage fixtures.

98’

Double change for Croatia! In: Majer, Vlasic, Out: Modric, Kovacic

95’

Pasalic and Tomiyasu are involved in a clash of heads the Pasalic goes down holding his head and chest. Croatia’s medical team attends to the forward, checks for concussion and eventually, the player is back on his feet.

93’

Both the teams are playing protective football at the moment, with an attempt to find the winning goal late, something that Japan has mastered in this World Cup so far.

ET First half kick off!
First 15 minutes of extra-time begins in the round of 16 match, the first ET in this edition of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
90+2’

Kovacic is running through Japan defenders, and despite being surrounded by four blue shirts, manages to clear the ball to Modric. However, the progression of play stops after a poor pass from Gvardiol.

90’

Croatia back to three men at the back. The intention looks clear for now - forcing extra time as Perisic’s timely goal has kept Croats into the game until the very end of regulation time. Yellow card for Matei Movacic after a flying tackle on Ito.

87’

Change in personnel for Japan! In: Takumi Minamino, Out: Ritsu Doan

85’

Asano tries to go for an attack along the right flank, but this time, unlike his goal against Germany, sees the ball go out of play as Croatia has its defence on high-alert at the moment.

83’

If the match ends like this, this will be the second draw between them at the World Cup. Their last clash was in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when their match ended as 0-0 in the group stage.

79’

Endo tries to get the ball forward, but Inter Milan’s defensive midfielder, Brozovic stops him in his tracks and Tomiyasu tries another attack seconds later, which is easily controlled by Livakovic.

Matchday trivia!
Ivan Perišić has scored more goals at World Cups and European Championships combined than any other Croatia player (10).
Daizen Maeda is the 18th different player to score for Japan in the FIFA World Cup, scoring his first goal against Croatia. Among the Asian national teams in the competition, only Korean Republic have more different scorers than them (25).
74’

First real chance for Pasalic arrives when a cross form the right is delivered for the Croat forward, but his header is just off-target.

71’

Croatia has looked much more attacking in the second half than it did in the first. Zlatko Dalic decides to add more firepower in attack as he replaces Andrej Kramaric with Mario Pasalic

67’

Chance! Kramaric creates a key chance with a cross into the box, but Budumir’s header fails to trouble Gonda as Croatia fails to find the leading goal.

64’

Double change for Japan! In: Kaoru Mitoma, Takuma Asano, Out: Yuto Nagatomo, Daizen Maeda

63’ Save! Modric almost scores for Croatia
Luka Modric scoring from a volley brings back memories of the 2018 World Cup. But another such volley fails to find the net tonight as Gonda makes a great save on full-stretch to deny the Ballon D’Or winner a goal.
60’

Endo tries to shoot from distance, is stopped in his tracks and then the ball goes to Doan, who is marked well as his final shot, lacking pace and direction, is stopped by Livakovic.

58’ Save! Japan almost takes the lead
Endo takes a right-footed curler, which is just on target. But Livakovic jumps timely to make a good save and keep the scoring locked at 1-1 at the moment.
Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Japan and Croatia at Al Janoub Stadium on December 05, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar.

Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Japan and Croatia at Al Janoub Stadium on December 05, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

55’ GOAL! Perisic equalises for Croatia; JPN 1-1 CRO
Lovren delivers a cross from the right and Perisic heads it into the net for a fantastic equaliser and we are all square in this round of 16 match now.
52’

Petkovic goes down in the Japan penalty box and several Croatian players protest for a penalty, but the referee is not interested and rules for the game to go on.

48’

Maeda tries to press the Croat defence, but Livakovic controls the ball eventually. A long ball second later from the 2018 World Cup runner up is delivered into the penalty box, but Petkovic fails to take control in front of Gonda as the blue shirts clear the ball eventually.

46’

Shot! Moriyasu’s men start right where they began. Kamada shoots from outside the box as the ball flies over the net.

Second half begins!
The second half begins as Croatia looks to make a comeback in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 round of 16 match, at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Half-Time! Japan 1-0 Croatia
Croatia came close to scoring with a set-piece from the corner kick, but it is Japan that has found the net, with Maeda’s goal as the Asian side sits on the driving seat at the half-way mark.

Why was the goal allowed? Read here: Why was Japan’s opening goal against Croatia in round of 16 not ruled offside?

44’ Goal! Maeda scores for Japan; JPN 1-0 CRO
Ritsu Doan delivers a lovely cross from the corner and Maya Yoshida heads it as it falls for Maeda, who finally finds the net with Japan’s maiden first-half goal in the tournament.
41’

Chance for Japan! Japan attacks on the counter with Ito carrying the ball from its half into the Croatian half, and Morita and Maeda gets the ball into the box, passes to Kamada, who shoots just over the net.

38’

Eight white shirts stay alert for the Japanese hurricane that ushered on Germany and Spain in the group stages as the score remains locked at 0-0 so far. In both those matches as well, Japan plotted its comeback in the second half.

35’

Japan starts another attack with Endo, Doan and Maeda combining together. Endo starts the attack, passes to Doan, who then passes to Maeda, but the forward fails to convert as Croatia, finally stops the attack.

Matchday trivia!
Croatia’s starting lineup is the oldest in a World Cup knockout stage game since France’s in the 2006 final vs. Italy (30y 8d).
30’

Japan wins the ball from Croatia in front of the penalty box and starts its attack right away against the run of play - a through ball from Endo to Nagatomo, who makes a run into the left flank. But he fails to beat the Croatia right-back convincingly and ends up shooting without any force or direction. Livakovic finally gets to the ball.

28’

Croatia finally finds its footing in the game, with four crosses, two from either flank, but none of them could actually test the keeper, who has, so far, refused to be beaten.

26’

Gvardiol delivers a long ball and Petkovic gets to it after Japan fails to track on time. However, the 28-year-old’s poor decision-making costs Croatia a crucial goal scoring opportunity as blue shirts surround him and the attack is finally put to bed.

22’

Japan has clearly looked the better side, so far in the match, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up failing to find spaces to exploit in the Japan half.

20’

Japan attacks again, Ito makes a darting run along the right flank, and crosses in the cut back. But Livakovic, the Croatian goalkeeper intercepts on time to stop that attack.

17’

Another chance for Japan! This time Japan tries to exploit the left flank. Nagatomo crosses for Maeda and somehow the Japanese is forward is beaten as a taller Croatian defence keeps the ball out.

16’

Foul! Another long ball for Modric is received by the Real Madrid player, but a touch off his hand gives a foul in favour of Japan.

15’

Croatia is enjoying a lot of possession at the moment, with an overall possession of 17 percent to Japan’s 29 and is looking for spaces as a well-knit Japanese defence keeps them at bay, in the final third.

Japan’s Daizen Maeda and Shogo Taniguchi react after a missed chance to score against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup Qatar round of 16 match.

Japan’s Daizen Maeda and Shogo Taniguchi react after a missed chance to score against Croatia at the FIFA World Cup Qatar round of 16 match. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

12’ Chance for Japan!
Nagatomo gets the ball along the right flank for Ito, who drives in a low cross for Maeda and the No. 25 just misses to meet it, and Croatia escapes another chance to concede an early goal.
10’

Thousands of blue shirts have filled up the Al Janoub Stadium as they roar and sing Gonda’s name. The 33-year-old goalkeeper has been an absolute pillar for the Japanese, so far in the World Cup.

8’ Chance for Croatia!
Croatia attacks with the long ball and a mistake by Tomiyasu sees Perisic take control of the ball and he pauses for a moment and then strikes with his right foot. Gonda saves, but Kramaric, fails to punish on the follow-up.
6’

This is the third meeting between the two sides in the FIFA World Cup, with Japan without a goal or a win in its previous two meetings. It will be interesting to see if Moriyasu’s men can script history tonight.

3’

Chance! Japan gets an early free kick, which Doan takes. It fails to find a target, but a touch from Croats gives them a corner kick. Japan tries a set-piece this time, with Taniguchi heading the ball just wide!

Kick off!
The third round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 match is underway at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar. Croatia starts from the right to left, while Japan starts from the other side.
Croatia and Japan players listen their national anthems prior the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Japan and Croatia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.

Croatia and Japan players listen their national anthems prior the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Japan and Croatia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

National anthems done and dusted. Time for kick off!
Both National anthems, first Japan and then Croatia, are done and dusted. Japan will start in its blue kit, while Croats start in its signature white and red stripes.
We are almost there for the JPN vs CRO round of 16!
Players of both Japan and Croatia are making their way into the tunnel from their dressing rooms. It is the third time for Croatia in the round of 16, while it is the fourth time for the Samurai Blues.
8:10 pm: Two changes for Croatia!
Two changes for Croatia against Japan - one forced and another strategic. Borna Sosa and Marko Livaja have been replaced by Borna Barisic and Bruno Petkovic.
Sosa is out with illness, while Petkovic replaces Lvaja as Dalic looks for more options in the font.
8:00 pm: “We want to fight like the Samurai”
“We have to play with courage. We want to fight like the Samurai. I think the Japanese national team this year is the strongest in the history of Japanese football. We want to beat Croatia,” says Yuto Nagatomo.
7:45 pm: Matchday trivia!
Japan’s Yuto Nagatomo starts for the Samurai Blues. And with this match, he is set to become the Asian with the second-highest appearances (15) in the FIFA World Cup, one less than Myung-Bo Hong of South Korea (16).
LINE-UPS!
Japan (3-4-3): Shuichi Gonda; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Maya Yoshida (capt), Shogo Taniguchi; Junya Ito, Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Yuto Nagatomo; Ritsu Doan, Daichi Kamada, Daizen Maeda
Croatia (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Barisic; Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic

Match Preview

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo has told his teammates they’ll need to show “samurai spirit” in Monday’s round-of-16 match against Croatia at the World Cup.

And they’ll need another quality that Nagatomo learned playing for almost a decade in Italy, mostly with Inter Milan.

“Coraggio,” Nagatomo said. “We need to play with courage.”

Japan is appearing in the knockout stage for the fourth time and still searching for its first win. It rallied in group play to beat both Germany and Spain — two former world champions — 2-1 but also stumbled to a 1-0 loss against Costa Rica.

Croatia, the smallest country in the final 16 with a population of only 4 million, was the runner-up four years ago against France and finished third in 1998.

Could the third time be the charm?

“Why not,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.

This is Nagatomo’s fourth World Cup, and he recalls how Japan led Belgium 2-0 in a round of 16 match four years ago in Russia, but was eliminated 3-2 on a goal scored late in second-half stoppage time.

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“I have never forgotten,” Nagatomo said, before returning to the subject of Japanese samurai warriors as a metaphor for Japan’s World Cup campaign.

“They try to improve their techniques,” he said. “But if they are scared during the battle they will not be able to use their weapons and techniques fully.”

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said the loss to Belgium was a valuable lesson for his team.

“That experience was very precious and we can reflect on what we learned in that match with Belgium,” he said.

Dalic said his team will be well prepared; they have seen many Japan players in action in the German league.

“They will apply the samurai philosophy in their game,” he said. “We will also do our part. We know how important this match is for us. We know who the opponent is. We know their mentality. If we want to go father we must apply that same standard, that same attitude.”

Croatia advanced with 0-0 draws against Belgium and Morocco, which came either side of a 4-1 victory over Canada.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, the world player of the year in 2018, remains the heartbeat of a team whose experienced midfield is typically a match for any opponent but which still lacks a prolific scorer up front.

Each game the 37-year-old Modric plays from now on could be his last at a World Cup.

The winner Monday faces either five-time champion Brazil or South Korea in the quarterfinals.

(From AP)

When and where to watch

When will the Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match kick-off?

The Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match will kick-off at 12:30AM IST, December 6.

Where will the Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match kick-off?

The Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match will kick-off at Stadium 974.

Where can you watch the Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match in India?

The Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.

Where can you watch the Japan vs Croatia Round of 16 match outside India?

Argentina – Live Stream: Telemundo

United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo

Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app

United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website

Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand

New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport

Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go

Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV

Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV

Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.

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