Fans witnessed an intense Round of 16 match between Croatia and Japan on 5 December at Al Janoub Stadium. After running a full-time game, the match had an additional 15 minutes but was eventually led to a penalty shoot-out after both teams failed to advance over the opposing team's score.
The penalty shoot-out resulted in Croatia scoring 3 goals and Japan with 1 goal, bringing the penalty shootout score to 3-1.
The first goal of the match was scored by Japan's striker, Daizen Maeda, 43 minutes into the game. Croatia's striker, Ivan Perišić, then equalized the scores at the 55th-minute mark after scoring a goal against Japan. At full-time, both teams were unable to add to their scores which led to an additional 15 minutes.
After still failing to score a goal, a penalty shoot-out was commenced where Croatia scored 3 goals from Nikola Vlašić, Marcelo Brozović, and Mario Pašalić. Japan was able to score just one penalty shoot-out from Takuma Asano. Croatia won the game due to the goals scored at the penalty shoot-out.
Croatia will proceed to the quarterfinals, where they will be facing either Brazil or South Korea.
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