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Croatia beat Japan on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Croatia's goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic celebrates with teammates after their victory in the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Japan and Croatia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha on December 5, 2022. (Ina Fassbender / AFP)
Croatia's goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic celebrates with teammates after their victory in the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Japan and Croatia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha on December 5, 2022. (Ina Fassbender / AFP)

Croatia beat Japan on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 clash on Monday.

Daizen Maeda gave Japan a half-time lead and Ivan Perisic headed home an equalizer for the 2018 runners-up, before goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three of four penalties as Croatia won the shoot-out 3-1.

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