World Cup 2022: "Hero" Livakovic, caught three penalties and sent Croatia to the quarter-finals

Croatia beat Japan 3-1 on penalties

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Croatia advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, beating Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout.

The Japanese took the lead in the first half, when after a cross in the "heart" of the defense, Yoshida turned the ball inside and Maeda made it 1-0 for the "blue samurai".

The Croatians equalized in the second half when, after Lovren's cross, Perisic rose higher than everyone else and made it 1-1 with a nailed header.

With that score, Japan and Croatia went into overtime, where neither took any chances on the court. It was the Japanese who missed the most important chance with Mitoma's 105th-minute spot kick, with Livakovic showing excellent reflexes to punch away. In the 120th minute, Orsic had her best moment in overtime, but her shot went wide and both teams went to penalties.

There, the class of Livakovic "spoke", who repelled the executions of Minamino, Mitoma, Yoshida and emphatically sent the Croatians to the quarter-finals, since at the same time Vlasic, Brozovic and Pasalic were on target.

Source: LIFO