- Dominik Livakovic, the goalie for Croatia, made three saves from the penalty spot during their encounter against Japan in the round of 16.
- To advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Croatia prevailed over Japan in a match that ended 1-1.
- When Croatia advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, they had their goalie to commend for their triumph.
Dominik Livakovic, the goalie for Croatia, was hailed as the team’s hero when the goalkeeper produced an astonishing three saves from the penalty mark during their penalty kick triumph against Japan to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
After Daizen Maeda put the Samurai Blue ahead early in the game only a few minutes before the conclusion of the first half, the crowd in Japan exploded in delight.
Ivan Perisic, a seasoned player for Croatia, scored an outstanding goal in the 55th minute of action to bring his team even with their opponents and force the match to go into extra time so that they may try to find a winner. Extra time will be played.
Dominik Livakovic, the goalie for Croatia, made a hat-trick of saves during a tense penalty shootout against Japan, which broke the hearts of the Japanese fans and advanced Croatia to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.
The goalkeeper was in outstanding form, making three saves out of the four penalty kicks he was required to make as Croatia sealed a 3-1 victory on penalties to advance to the round of eight for the second consecutive tournament.
Daizen Maeda gave the Asian team a 1-0 lead in the first half of their match at the Al Janoub Stadium, but it was impossible to tell which team had the advantage after the action-packed first half and the whole second half.
Ivan Perisic, a winger for Tottenham, scored an equalising goal 10 minutes after the halftime break with a beautiful header from 15 yards out.
During the additional half an hour, Japan had a better chance of winning the match, but they were unable to find a solution. And they would come to deeply regret the possibilities they passed up when it came time for the first-ever penalty shootout at the World Cup, which was held in Qatar.
Former Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino was the first to take a shot, but Monaco had his feeble attempt saved by Livakovic. Livakovic was the goalkeeper for Liverpool at the time.
The goalie then made another save to prevent the young player from Brighton, Kaoru Mitoma, from scoring, which kept Japan’s chances alive even if they were dwindling.
Nikola Vlasic and Marcelo Brozovic did an excellent job of placing their penalties in the back of the goal to give Zlatko Dalic’s team a sizeable lead after they had successfully converted both of their spot-kick opportunities.
The Samurai Blue were given a ray of hope when a careless shot from Marko Livaja hit the post, but it was the substitute Takuma Asano who was able to successfully convert a penalty kick against Livakovic.
It would be another former Premier League star, Maya Yoshida, who botched his penalty kick, allowing Croatia to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.
But former Chelsea player Mario Pasalic made no errors with the fourth penalty, throwing Japan’s Shuichi Gonda the opposite way with his shot as Japan regretted their failed spot-kicks in the shootout, which would have made Livakovic a legend back at home in Croatia.