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Croatia beats Japan on penalties at World Cup 2022, moves on to quarterfinals – photo gallery

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Croatia beat Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks in their second round World Cup Qatar 2022 match at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah Monday night.

Penalties were need to decide a winner after the match ended 1-1. Japan’s Daizen Maeda opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. But Croatia’s Ivan Perišić equalized 10 minutes into the second half.

Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic made three saves in the penalty shootout to help is side advance to the quarterfinals.

Japan fans before their game against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia fans before their game against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan fans before their game against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia fans before their game against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan fans before their game against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia fans before their game against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia fans before their game against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan scores the opening goal against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan celebrates … goal against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan celebrates … goal against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Shūichi Gonda is unable to keep out Croatia’s Ivan Perisic’s equalizer in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates his goal against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, second right, celebrates his goal against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Game action between Japan and Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic makes a save in the penalty shootout against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Takumi Minamino reacts to having a penalty saved in the penalty shootout against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Shūichi Gonda is unable to keep out a Croatia penalty kick during the shootout in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic makes a save in the penalty shootout against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia celebrates winning in a penalty shootout against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Croatia players swarm goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic after he made three saves in the penalty shootout against Japan in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Takuma Asano reacts to losing to Croatia on penalties in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Daizen Maeda is comforted by Croatia’s Josip Juranović after Croatia beat Japan on penalties in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The two players are teammates at Scotttish club Celtic. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan reacts to losing in the penalty shootout against Croatia in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

Japan’s Takuma Asano reacts to losing to Croatia on penalties in the second round of World Cup Qatar 2022 at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Photo: Stuart Gradon/Total Soccer News

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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