Croatia Beats Japan on Extra shots, Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals initially showed up on NBC Sports Boston

Cool, quiet, Croatia. The Vatreni went into additional time multiple times in their race to the 2018 World Cup Last,

and they utilized that experience to keep their 2022 expectations alive.

The group edged Japan 1-1 (3-1) on extra shots in its round of 16 challenge at Al Janoub Arena on Monday.

Nikola Vlašić, Marcelo Brozović and Mario Pašalić scored in the punishment shootout, however the story for Croatia came in objective.

Dominik Livaković was on Croatia's 2018 World Cup crew, however he saw no game activity in Russia.

The goalkeeper was prepared for his second against Japan, halting Takumi Minamino on the primary extra shot endeavor

and impeding Kaoru Mitoma on the second. Takuma Asano scored on Japan's third attempt,

however Livaković got a third save by frustrating Maya Yoshida on the following shot.

Pašalić moved forward straightaway and nailed the game-champ to send Croatia into the quarterfinals.

Croatia-Japan was the primary match at the 2022 World Cup to arrive at additional time, not to mention punishments.

Japan had just gone beyond an hour and a half once in its Reality Cup history, while Croatia did it multiple times, all of which came quite a while back.