Japan opened the scoring before the break when Doan crossed from the right. It was nodded down into the path of Maeda, who scored from close range.

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In the 55th minute, Lovren crossed from the right and Perisic headed home brilliantly from 14 yards to become Croatia's record goalscorer in major tournaments.

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Just minutes later, Modric almost scored with a strike from distance but Gonda was at full stretch to push it over for a corner

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It ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. For the first time at the 2022 World Cup, we went to extra time and had another 30 minutes of action.

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Japan had never played in the quarter-finals of a World Cup and were thinking that this was their chance.

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Croatia almost won it with the last kick of extra time. In the 121st minute substitute Majer had a great chance

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but he dragged his shot wide from 20 yards in acres of space and it went to penalties

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Croatia scored three penalties and their keeper, Livakovic, the hero on the night, saved three

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