Doha: In the Qatar World Cup, Croatia entered in the quarter finals. Croatia excelled after defeating Japan. The two teams played out a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and extra time. Croatia won 3-1 in the penalty shootout.
Japan shocked Croatia and scored the first goal of the match. Japan’s goal was scored by Daisen Maeda in the 43rd minute. Against Japan, who led in the first half, Croatia and Japan scored equal goals in the first ten minutes in the second half. Ivan Perisic converted Dejan Lovren’s cross with a beautiful header.
The match then saw strong defense from both teams and remained tied in regulation time and extra time. Japan’s defeat was marked when the match went to a penalty shootout. Croatia played without pressure and scored three out of four kicks. With this, Luka Modric and his team progressed to the quarters,