Croatia will face Brazil in the last eight of the World Cup after defeating Japan in the first penalty shootout of the Qatar finals following a 1-1 draw.
Croatia put Japan out of cup on penalties
Japan have failed again to reach the last eight at a World Cup finals after being beaten in a penalty shootout by the 2018 finalists Croatia.
Dominik Livakovic was Croatia’s hero, saving three of Japan’s four spot-kicks.
The goalkeeper dived left to save Takumi Minamino’s weak opening kick, then to his right to keep out another poor one from Kaoru Mitoma.
Meanwhile Nikola Vlasic and Marcelo Brozovic scored for Croatia.