Twitter erupts as Dominik Livakovic's penalty shootout heroics propel Croatia to thrilling win against Japan

Twitter erupted to Croatia
Twitter erupted to Croatia's win against Japan in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Twitter erupted as Croatia defeated Japan via penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, thanks to Dominik Livakovic's heroics after normal and extra time ended 1-1.

The Asian giants struck first in the 43rd minute of the game. Ritsu Doan sent in a delivery to the box after a short corner. Daizen Maeda was the quickest to react to Maya Yoshida's knocked-down header. The Celtic player converted to give his country the lead.

Ivan Perisic brought his country level in the 55th minute of the game. He scored through a spectacular header in the 55th minute from a Dejan Lovren cross. The player, who scored in the semi-final and the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, once again scored a crucial goal for his country.

The game was all square after the full 90 minutes. For the first time, a game proceeded to extra time in the 2022 World Cup.

Zlatko Dalic made a few bold calls during extra time as he decided to withdraw Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Ivan Perisic. Considering the possibility of a looming penalty shootout, Dalic's decision to withdraw his most experienced players was surprising.

The sides could not be separated at the end of 120 minutes. The first penalty shootout of the Qatar World Cup took place.

AS Monaco star Takumi Minamino stepped up to take the first shot. However, Dominik Livakovic stopped his weak effort.

Nikola Vlasic then converted, before Kaoru Mitoma's shot was again saved by the red-hot Livakovic. Marcelo Brozovic then made it 2-0 for Croatia in the penalties.

Takuma Asano calmly slotted in his kick to score Japan's first in the shootout. Livaja Hajdul hit the post in the next shot. Dominik Livakovic also denied Maya Yoshida next. Mario Pasalic then secured his side's qualification with a composed penalty.

Here are some of the best reactions across Twitter during the enthralling World Cup clash between Croatia and Japan:

Daizen Maeda's first half by numbers vs. Croatia:100% duels won100% tackle success13 touches4 touches in the opp. box3 duels won2 tackles made1 foul won1 shot1 goalAn incredible shift. ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ#FIFAWorldCup
Rio Ferdinand on Daizen Maeda: "An absolute livewire. He looks like a man possessed. You wouldn't want to play against that. With and without the ball he's an absolute nuisance... the catalyst for the others." ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ[BBC]
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Daizen Maeda ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022
Daizen Maeda has more World Cup knockout goals than Ronaldo
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Daizen Maeda gives Japan the lead!
Daizen Maeda: 1 goal at the knockout stages of the World CupCristiano Ronaldo: 0 goals at the knockout stages of the World Cup
You absolutely love to see it. Daizen Maeda!
Daizen Maeda has scored his first ever World Cup goal. It is only his 2nd goal for Japan. Japan have scored first for the first time at this World Cup. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
Daizen Maeda has deserved that World Cup goal. He's been an absolute beast for Japan this tournament. #JPN | #HRV | #FIFAWorldCup
Celtic 1-0 Croatia ๐Ÿ˜Bhoys forward Daizen Maeda with the goal!#BBCFootball #BBCWorldCup
๐†๐Ž๐Ž๐Ž๐€๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹๐‹!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan lead through Daizen Maeda!#FIFAWorldCup | #Qatar2022
Celticโ€™s Daizen Maeda has been exceptional for Japan all tournament. He deserved that goal.๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
A fairly subdued first half ends with #JPN sparking into life and taking a lead into half-time.Celtic's Daizen Maeda strikes first and the 2018 #FIFAWorldCup runners-up are in trouble.
Celtic forward Daizen Maeda puts Japan ahead ๐Ÿ‘๏ธโšฝ๏ธ#WorldCup2022
Maeda's thoroughly deserved, first World Cup goal sees Japan lead Croatia at the break! ๐Ÿ‘
Daizen Maeda the ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐…๐…๐„๐‘๐„๐๐‚๐„ maker! ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต #FIFAWorldCup
Maeda has more World Cup knockout goals than Cristiano Ronaldoโ€ฆ
When it's all said and done, Ivan Perisic will have one of the most under-rated legacies in modern football. Consistently coming through with various clutch moments for Inter, Bayern and Croatia to win titles or progress in World Cup/Euros. Definition of a big game player.
A reminder that Ivan Periลกiฤ‡ has also represented Croatia at international level in the Beach Volleyball Mayor Series. ๐ŸThe man do everything. #Vatreni
Ivan Perisicโ€™s game by numbers vs. Japan:105 minutes played53 touches5 aerial duels won2 shots on target1 key pass1 goalRecord breaking goal. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
Lovren cross: Perisic header:
Ivan Perisic for Croatia๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท2nd All time top scorerAll time top scorer in Major Tournaments All time top scorer in World Cups10 G/A in 13 WC GamesScored in a WC final ๐Ÿ‘‘
Croatia came from behind to win their three knockout games in 2018. Is this game going to go the same route?A terrific delivery is met by a superb header from Ivan Perisic and #HRV are back on level terms.
The only players to score at each of the last three menโ€™s World Cups:Lionel MessiCristiano RonaldoXherdan ShaqiriIvan Periลกiฤ‡๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ
Ivan Perisic has now scored 33 goals for Croatia. He is now level with Mario Mandzukic as Croatiaโ€™s 2nd top goal scorer of all time. Reliable. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
10 - Ivan Periลกiฤ‡ has scored more goals at World Cups and European Championships combined than any other Croatia player (10). Knack.
Only four players have scored in the last three World Cups:Lionel MessiXherdan ShaqiriCristiano RonaldoIvan Perisic
๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ต Dekiโ€™s reaction to Perisicโ€™s header
Livakovic saves for a third time!!#JPN: โŒโŒโœ…โŒ#HRV: โœ…โœ…โŒ
DOMINIK LIVAKOVIC apreciation tweet! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Whatever happens to Croatia in the next few weeks, Dominik Livakoviฤ‡ is never going to have to buy a beer in Zagreb ever again.
Dominic Livakoviฤ‡ (27) the hero for Croatia this evening. 4 penalties faced, 3 saved. Superb stuff. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‘
CROATIA GOES THROUGH! Dominik Livakoviฤ‡ makes three saves, and the 2018 runner-up is headed to the quarterfinals!
Livakovic with three important, yet some what simple saves, for Croatia. What a tournament by Japan. They'll be disappointed with those penalties but they've been a great team in Qatar. Croatia advance.
You can't argue Livakoviฤ‡ is a Godsent of a keeper not just from the PK but the whole match. GG Japan!
What a disappointing end for Japan, brilliant tournament from them only to be let down by awful penalties ๐Ÿฅบ

Croatia Will face the winner of Brazil vs. South Korea in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Zlatko Dalic: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Zlatko Dalic: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

After their 3-1 penalty shootout win against Japan, Croatia will face the winner of the Round-of-16 clash between Brazil and Croatia next.

Dalic's decision to withdraw his superstars like Modric, Kovacic, Kramaric, and Perisic early in the Round-of-16 game might pay dividends in the later rounds. Dominik Livakovic's inspiring performance in the penalty shootout will also inspire his nation's hopes for the rest of their stint in the FIFA World Cup.

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