Japan vs Croatia final score, result: Croatia seal 2022 World Cup quarterfinal spot with penalty shootout win

Croatia secured their spot in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals after beating Japan 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 Round of 16 draw in Al Wakrah.

The 2018 finalists struggled in the opening stages, as Celtic striker Daizen Maeda deservedly poked Japan in front before the break.

However, Zlatko Dalic’s experienced side rallied after the restart, as Tottenham winger Ivan Perisic arrived inside the six-yard area to head them level.

Nether side could find a second goal in extra time, and Croatia won the battle of nerves in the penalty shootout, as Dominik Livakovic saved three Japan spot-kicks and Mario Pasalic stroked home the decisive penalty.

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Japan vs Croatia final score

  1H 2H Final
Japan 1 1 1*
Croatia 0 1 1*

*Croatia win 3-1 on penalties


JAP — Maeda (44 mins)

CRO — Perisic (55 mins)

Confirmed lineups:

Japan lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 16. Tomiyasu, 22. Yoshida, 3. Taniguchi — 14. Ito, 6. Endo, 13. Morita, 5. Nagatomo — 8. Doan, 25. Maeda, 15. Kamada.

Croatia lineup (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. 

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Japan vs Croatia as it happened, highlights from 2022 World Cup


Croatia goalkeeper Livakovic is the hero, as he saves three Japan spot-kicks, to send the 2018 finalists through to the last eight!!


  • Pasalic to win it for Croatia….SCORES!
  • Mayo Yoshida for Japan….SAVED!
  • Livaja for Croatia….OFF THE POST!
  • Asano slots home for Japan….2-1. HUGE GOAL!
  • Nerveless from Marcelo Brozovic as he dinks the ball home….2-0 CROATIA!
  • Mitoma for Japan….SAVED!
  • Vlasic for Croatia….1-0!


Croatia have the edge in World Cup penalty shootout records, with spot-kick wins over Denmark and Russia in 2018 with Japan losing Paraguay in 2010.


120 +1 mins: Croatia work the ball to Lovro Majer on the edge of the box but the substitute drags wide!


118 mins: A tired challenge from Borna Barisic sees him booked.

115 mins: Both goalkeepers have been decisive in winning high balls in these closing moments, as penalties edge closer.

110 mins: Croatia looking to build some pressure as the tension mounts. Suichi Gonda does well to come off his line a punch clear a corner.

106 mins: WE ARE BACK!!

Luka Modric was out on the pitch giving Croatia a pep-talk as more changes are made for both sides.

Ante Budimir is substituted back off, with Marko Livaja coming on and Ao Tanaka replaces Hidemasa Morita.

Veteran Croatian forward Mislav Orsic is also on for Ivan Perisic.


105 mins: WOW!… Kaoru Mitoma storms forward from midfield but his effort is blasted straight at Dominik Livakovic.

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103 mins: Borna Barisic lofts a speculative ball into the box and Japan clear.

99 mins: A bold move from Zlatko Dalic, with penalties potentially on the horizon — Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are OFF and Lovro Majer and Nikola Vlasic come ON.

95 mins: Croatia get the game restarted after an injury to Mario Pasalic.


Ito whips a corner into the near post but Shogo Taniguchi’s looped header is well wide.


All square after 90 minutes in Al Wakrah, as Ivan Perisic’s leveller ensures extra time, with the action set to restart in a few minutes.

90 mins: Four minutes added on as Mateo Kovacic picks up the game’s first booking for a late challenge on Ito.

86 mins: Ivan Perisic delivers a cross into the far post but Mario Pasalic cannot get a clean header on it under pressure from two Japan defenders.

Takumi Minamino comes on for Ritsu Doan.

85 mins: Scrappy from both sides as this tie looks to be heading towards extra time as Wataru Endo crunches into another tackle and Ivan Perisic fails to win a corner from Takehiro Tomiyasu.

80 mins: Kaoru Mitoma feeds a clever ball into Takehiro Tomiyasu, but the Arsenal defender gets his feet in a mess, and his square ball is cleared.

75 mins: Croatia looked to ease up through the gears now as Ivan Perisic fires an effort narrowly wide of Shuichi Gonda’s post. Another change for Japan as Hiroki Sakai comes on for Daichi Kamada.

69 mins: Almost a perfect impact from Ante Budimir as Andrej Kramaric’s cross deflects to him in the box, but he can only head wide!

Andrej Kramaric is then replaced by Mario Pasalic.


Croatia are starting to gather momentum now as their captain lines one up from 25m, but Shuici Gonda dives across to keep him out.

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62 mins: Changes for both teams as Ante Budimir comes on for Bruno Petkovic and Takuma Asano and Kaoru Mitoma replace Daizen Maeda and Yuto Nagatomo

61 mins: Pressure at both ends as Yuto Nagatomo gets back to keep out Ivan Perisic’s threat and Junya Ito’s weak effort is gathered in by Dominik Livakovic.

57 mins: Japan almost hit back immediately as Wataru Endo has a go from distance but Domink Livakovic watches it all the way and tips over the crossbar.

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From nowhere………..Croatia are LEVEL!!

Croatia play keep-ball in midfield, as Dejan Lovren launches a deep cross into the box, and Ivan Perisic steals across his man to head home a brilliant goal!


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51 mins: Croatia are going for a direct approach to try and force themselves back into the game. Bruno Petkovic wants a penalty, as he battles for a high ball inside the Japan box, but the referee is not interested.

46 mins: WE ARE BACK!!

Japan are 45 minutes away from World Cup history — but can the 2018 finalists react?

No changes at the break for either side as Daichi Kamada lashes long-range effort well over the crossbar.


Japan head in at the break with a deserved 1-0 lead thanks to Daizen Maeda’s close-range finish at the Al Janoub Stadium.

The Samurai Blue have edged the first 45 minutes and Maeda’s instinctive goal was just reward for Hajime Moriyasu’s side!


Japan’s pressure FINALLY pays off!!!!!

Another short corner is worked by Japan as Doan delivers a superb ball into the box — Croatia are unable to clear, and Daizen Maeda gets ahead of his marker to prod home!!

Japan take the lead for the first time in Qatar!!!

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42 mins: Almost a mix up at the back for Croatia as Josip Juranovic heads away Ritsu Doan’s cross from in front of Domink Livakovic.

38 mins: Luka Modric’s deep free kick is cleared and Ito breaks for Japan — Daizen Maeda battles to keep the ball alive and finds Daichi Kamada, but his unbalanced effort flies over!!

34 mins: Japan come again, as Daichi Kamada almost feeds in Daizen Maeda inside the box, but the ball ricochets away and Josko Gvardiol clears.

31 mins: Daichi Kamada looks to break upfield, but Josip Juranovic crunches in with a decisive challenge, and Croatia reset in midfield.

26 mins: A flurry of crosses into the box build on that Croatia momentum, as Ivan Perisic flicks on Borna Barisic’s ball, but Yuto Nagatomo gets back to deny Bruno Petkovic at the back post.

22 mins: Croatia are slowly beginning to edge into the game, as Josip Gvardiol fires over from the edge of the box, and Bruno Petkovic is crowded out in the Japan box.

17 mins: Less clear cut for Japan this time, as Yuto Nagatomo’s cross finds Daizen Maeda in between Dejan Lovren and Josko Gvardiol, but the Celtic striker misjudges his header and Croatia recover.

12 mins: Another chance for Japan as Junya Ito flashes a brilliant cross across the Croatia box, but Daizen Maeda and Yuto Nagatomo cannot stretch enough to reach it, and Josip Juranovic gets back to clear.

8 mins: Croatia….so close to 1-0!!

Takehiro Tomiyasu slips in trying to play the ball back to Shuichi Gonda and Ivan Perisic pounces inside the box. But, the Tottenham star takes too long to make up his mind, and it’s a straightforward save for Japan keeper Gonda.

5 mins: A really positive start from Japan, as Daizen Maeda blocks Dominik Livakovic’s clearance, and Wataru Endo wins a superb tackle against Luka Modric in midfield.

3 mins: A HUGE early chance for Japan!

A short corner is played to Wataru Endo on the edge of the box and his cross is headed JUST wide by Shogo Taniguchi!


30 mins from kickoff: Can be Gvardiol be Croatia’s masked hero again?


Three changes for Japan as Arsenal star Takehiro Tomiyasu comes into defence in place of Ko Itakura. Wataru Endo and the in form Ritsu Doan both start ahead of Ao Tanaka and Takefusa Kubo.

Two changes for Croatia from their final group game as Borna Barisic starts at left back, instead of Borna Sosa, and Bruno Petkovic leads the attack in place of Marko Livaja.

1 hr 30 mins from kickoff: Two HUGE group stage wins from Japan in the group stages — can they do it again?

2 hrs 30 mins from kickoff: “Today we go again with all our strength,” the 2018 finalists have said on their Instagram account in the build-up to kickoff. “For Croatia!”

3 hrs from kickoff: Japan have reached the last 16 of the World Cup for a fourth time, including both of the last two editions.

They have, however, never progressed from this stage, going out to Turkey in 2002, Paraguay (on penalties) in 2010, and Belgium in 2018. The only Asian nations to reach the World Cup quarterfinals have been DPR Korea in 1966 and South Korea in 2002.

3 hrs 30 mins from kickoff: Any doubt over that goal for Japan against Germany? Not according to Kaoru Mitoma, the man who kept the ball in play. “The ball was definitely in,” he’s said.

4 hrs from kickoff: The chances of this being another tight game appear to be backed up by the form of each team. Japan had kept five clean sheets before their final warm-up game against Canada, although they’ve now conceded in each of their last four matches.

Croatia failed to score in two of their three group games but have not conceded more than once in any of their last nine games – and those included double-headers with France and Denmark.

4 hrs 30 mins from kickoff: This will be the third World Cup meeting between Japan and Croatia, with Japan winless and goalless in the previous two – a 1-0 defeat in 1998 and a goalless draw in 2006, both in the group stage. Those two matches are also Croatia’s only previous World Cup games against an Asian nation.

5 hrs from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Japan vs Croatia as the Round of 16 matches continue to come thick and fast. Let’s hope Japan have calmed themselves down after a truly incredible night last week that saw them top the group and dump out Germany!

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Japan vs Croatia confirmed lineups

After finding a winning formula against Spain, Japan are forced into a change in defence, with Ko Itakura suspended after picking up a second yellow card last time out, as Takehiro Tomiyasu starts.

Ritsu Doan scored against Spain after replacing Takefusa Kubo and starts ahead of him in this game with Wataru Endo back in midfield.

Japan confirmed lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 12. Gonda (GK) — 16. Tomiyasu, 22. Yoshida, 3. Taniguchi — 14. Ito, 6. Endo, 13. Morita, 5. Nagatomo — 8. Doan, 25. Maeda, 15. Kamada.

Zlatko Dalic has used the same starting XI for the past two games but he makes two changes for this tie with Borna Barisic and Bruno Petkovic starting.

Croatia confirmed lineup (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. 

Japan vs Croatia live stream, TV channel

This Round of 16 match will be played at the Al Janoub Stadium on Monday, December 5.

Here’s how you can watch all the action in some of the major global territories.

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Mon, Dec. 5 10:00 ET Fox,
Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes site/app,
Canada Mon, Dec. 5 10:00 ET TSN 1, RDS (French) TSN site/app,
RDS app
UK Mon, Dec. 5 15:00 GMT BBC One BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website
Australia Tues, Dec. 6 02:00 AEDT SBS SBS On Demand
India Mon, Dec. 5 20:30 IST Sports18 Voot, JioTV
Hong Kong Mon, Dec. 5 23:00 HKT Now TV (Ch. 616, 618) Now TV
Malaysia Mon, Dec. 5 23:00 MYT Astro FIFA World Cup 1 Astro GO
Singapore Mon, Dec. 5 23:00 SGT StarHub FIFA World Cup,
Singtel FIFA World Cup 141
Singtel TV GO, CAST,
StarHub TV+, MeWatch
New Zealand Tues, Dec. 6 04:00 NZDT Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW

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