Japan who finished in the first position in group E played their quarter-final match against Croatia who finished in the second position in Group F. This match was played at Al-Janoub Stadium on 5 December 2022 at 18:00 local Qatar time.
- Japan vs Croatia Match Result
- Japan vs Croatia Match Highlights
- Japan vs Croatia Match All Goals
- Japan vs Croatia Penalty Shootout
- Japan vs Croatia Match First Half
- Japan vs Croatia Match Second Half and Extra Time
- Japan vs Croatia Penalty Shootout 1-3
- Man of the Match in Japan vs Croatia Match
- Why did Croatia win against Japan?
- Why did Japan lose to Croatia?
- Final Verdict
Japan vs Croatia Match Result
Japan vs Croatia match exceeded to extra time because we couldn’t get a winner and then to the Penalty shootout. And Japan lost to Croatia in the penalty shoot-out. Croatia won the match.
Japan vs Croatia Match Highlights
Japan vs Croatia Match All Goals
Japan vs Croatia Penalty Shootout
Japan vs Croatia Match First Half
Japan started to push Croatia as the match started but experienced Croatian players took possession of the ball and dominated the game. 59% of the ball possession was with Croatia and just 41% of the ball possession was with Japan. But still both the teams created 3 shots each to score but the shot on target of both teams was just 1 from which Japan succeeded to score a goal but Croatia failed to convert that opportunity.
That was Daezen Maeda who scored a goal for Japan in the first half at 43′.
Japan vs Croatia Match Second Half and Extra Time
Till the end of the match, Croatia succeeded to take 59% of the ball’s possession and Japan had 41% of the ball possession. Croatian players took 17 shots of which only 4 shots were on target, while Japanese players took 13 shots of which 4 were on target.
Fortunately, Croatian players succeeded to score a goal in the second half. Perisic scored the goal at 55′ and equalize the game. Both teams created opportunities to score a goal but they were unable to do so. Luka Modric was substituted in the extra time, and the game moved toward Penalty.
Japan vs Croatia Penalty Shootout 1-3
Japan scored only 1 penalty successfully while Croatia succeeded to hit 3 balls in the net against Japan which made them victorious.
Man of the Match in Japan vs Croatia Match
Dominik Livaković is the man of the match in the Japan vs Croatia Match for saving 3 goals in a Penalty Shoot-out against Japan.
Why did Croatia win against Japan?
Though the Croatian team had possession of the ball more than Japan they didn’t change the scoreline. We will directly talk about the Penalty shootout, here Croatian players scored 3 penalties and their goalkeeper saved 3 penalties. Here Croatian experience matters. They just won because of their experience.
Why did Japan lose to Croatia?
Japan though played a good and competitive game against Croatia but at the penalty shootout, Japan’s lack of experience kicked them out of the tournament. Japanese players only scored 1 penalty and 3 of them were blocked by the goalkeeper this was very poor football.
Both the teams played well but the Croatian team’s experience of playing under pressure and on big stages moved them to the quarter-finals while Japan is out of the tournament.
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