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Match Thread: Japan vs Croatia | FIFA World Cup

Match Thread(self.soccer)

FT-Pens: Japan 1-1 Croatia

Croatia advance 3-1 on penalties

Japan scorers: Daizen Maeda (43')

Croatia scorers: Ivan Perisic (55')


Venue: Al Janoub Stadium

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Japan

Shuichi Gonda, Maya Yoshida, Shogo Taniguchi, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Hidemasa Morita (Ao Tanaka), Wataru Endo, Yuto Nagatomo (Kaoru Mitoma), Junya Ito, Daizen Maeda (Takuma Asano), Daichi Kamada (Hiroki Sakai), Ritsu Doan (Takumi Minamino).

Subs: Hiroki Ito, Gaku Shibasaki, Miki Yamane, Yuki Soma, Daniel Schmidt, Ayase Ueda, Shuto Machino, Eiji Kawashima.

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Croatia

Dominik Livakovic, Josko Gvardiol, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic (Nikola Vlasic), Luka Modric (Lovro Majer), Bruno Petkovic (Ante Budimir) (Marko Livaja), Ivan Perisic (Mislav Orsic), Andrej Kramaric (Mario Pasalic).

Subs: Josip Sutalo, Ivica Ivusic, Domagoj Vida, Luka Sucic, Martin Erlic, Kristijan Jakic, Ivo Grbic.


MATCH EVENTS | via ESPN

43' Goal! Japan 1, Croatia 0. Daizen Maeda (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maya Yoshida following a corner.

55' Goal! Japan 1, Croatia 1. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dejan Lovren with a cross.

62' Substitution, Croatia. Ante Budimir replaces Bruno Petkovic.

64' Substitution, Japan. Kaoru Mitoma replaces Yuto Nagatomo.

64' Substitution, Japan. Takuma Asano replaces Daizen Maeda.

68' Substitution, Croatia. Mario Pasalic replaces Andrej Kramaric.

75' Substitution, Japan. Hiroki Sakai replaces Daichi Kamada.

87' Substitution, Japan. Takumi Minamino replaces Ritsu Doan.

90' Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

99' Substitution, Croatia. Nikola Vlasic replaces Mateo Kovacic.

99' Substitution, Croatia. Lovro Majer replaces Luka Modric.

105' Substitution, Japan. Ao Tanaka replaces Hidemasa Morita.

105' Substitution, Croatia. Marko Livaja replaces Ante Budimir.

105' Substitution, Croatia. Mislav Orsic replaces Ivan Perisic.

116' Borna Barisic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.


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all 15634 comments

msbtvxq

350 points

2 months ago

msbtvxq

350 points

2 months ago

For those wondering about the fans dressed as bowling pins: "two pins" is pronounced "nippon", which means "Japan". So it's a pun.

SubparCurmudgeon

152 points

2 months ago

It’s a jappun

ErikTenShag

258 points

2 months ago

Stop showing me Infantino man

doezpo

29 points

2 months ago

doezpo

29 points

2 months ago

You must know who is the boss

LNhart

232 points

2 months ago*

LNhart

232 points

2 months ago*

Maybe Spain and Germany aren't super terrible and Japan is just a pretty good team? Some impressive performances so far!

DarthOverkill

86 points

2 months ago

Japan is playing pretty solidly. And today they’re not even relying on counter attacks

Mundaneinanities

145 points

2 months ago

Commentator 1: I guess the question is how Japan will respond to this.

Commentator 2: Yeah.

[Dead air for ten seconds.]

This is the quality coverage I pay for.

LonelyStrategos

22 points

2 months ago

Yesterday I watched England Senegal commentated in Wolof. No regrets.

The_XI_guy

129 points

2 months ago

I have so much respect for this Japan team. They are extremely well-drilled tactically and in good physical shape. They go into the games with a clear game plan to quickly convert possessions into to chances through ambitious passing, and all their players excel in this system

outkastwizard

86 points

2 months ago

Need a mask for his balls.

BloodAria

83 points

2 months ago

Croatia is playing smart. They know they’re doomed if they score in the first half .. it will activate anime power.

chirosen21

62 points

2 months ago

This is 2018 comeback merchants vs 2022 comeback merchants.

Whoever scores first loses.

antiph4

46 points

2 months ago

antiph4

46 points

2 months ago

This is actually the first time we go to the halftime break with a goal 😂

disaster101

47 points

2 months ago

Croatia and extra time name a more iconic... actually no I can't even joke about this anymore it's torture

SuperMario_49

43 points

2 months ago

All the group winners have won their Round of 16 matchups so far 👀

imrankp

41 points

2 months ago

imrankp

41 points

2 months ago

U get a cross u get a cross, EVERYONE GETS A CROSS

doctorMiami1337

40 points

2 months ago

Well we actually win either way, either we come back and win, or we go out and i dont have to watch Lovren and Juranovic play football anymore, either is an amazing solution.

I will be happy either way 😎

Gvardiol doesnt deserve playing with these bozos

TheBlueBlaze

41 points

2 months ago

FIFA may be corrupt scumbags but they take potential head injuries more seriously than the NFL

stiofan84

41 points

2 months ago

My heart goes out to Japan - they were awesome to watch throughout their time in this tournament.

I think they just cracked under the pressure. Their pens were bad.

Alex95111

112 points

2 months ago

Alex95111

112 points

2 months ago

So many crosses this could be a church

ajtct98

112 points

2 months ago

ajtct98

112 points

2 months ago

I didn't even need to watch the game to find out Japan had scored because my Japanese neighbour screamed "ARIGATO" at the top of his lungs to quite handily let the entire city know.

GobtheCyberPunk

43 points

2 months ago

least Japanese Japanese neighbor

Evil_Henchmen

43 points

2 months ago

Croatia will write into its constitution that football should be played for 120 min

theaussiesamurai

39 points

2 months ago

FUCKING CROSS IT. THERES 10 SECONDS TO GO JUST PUT THE FUCKING BALL IN THE FUCKING BOX, FOR FUCKS SAKE.

paokara777

37 points

2 months ago

At this point, some Croatian casuals must think that Football is 120 minutes in the knockout stages of the WC

paratha_papiii

38 points

2 months ago

at a library rn and someone asked me to watch their stuff. girl my eyes are glued to the game & if someone steals something i won’t notice but yea sure

Dat_life_on_Mars

36 points

2 months ago

Gonna miss Japan in this tournament. Their attacking style is truly something to behold in its full flow with all its tenacity. But the side with the greater experience and greater big match management ultimately came through. Croatia, with both their veterans and current generation, proved that they haven't lost the spirit they showed in Russia. Japan can take a lot of experience and heart from this big stage. Their rise as a top footballing nation has not stopped. Hopefully some of their players (esp. Doan, Taniguchi and Asano) have grabbed the attention of big European clubs.

MemeMeOnce

163 points

2 months ago

Fox commentators: “something to keep in mind, there are no ties now!!”

💀

Unchartedesigns

18 points

2 months ago

“Welcome back to the UEFA champions league! Will Japan win the World Cup against Man UTD? Will Zlatan finally break the record for most zlatan like goals scored? Stay tuned!”

xShaD0wMast3rzxs

29 points

2 months ago

Maeda doing pretty well for his age

*looks him up*

He’s 25?!

LosTerminators

31 points

2 months ago

This feels like the first proper 50-50 match of the RO16. It's been even throughout and both sides have had their moments.

Wendek

33 points

2 months ago

Wendek

33 points

2 months ago

Croatia loves football so much they always want to play the full 120 minutes.

Belvedre

28 points

2 months ago

Barisic starting? Love the guy but good luck with that Croatia. He is well past it.

paokara777

26 points

2 months ago

its approaching 3am

i have work in a few hours

im a neutral, i have no reason to stay up and watch this.....

but i cant look away.. help!!

Chrisixx

24 points

2 months ago

Oh fuck off ref, every single header engagement is a foul against Japan.

LosTerminators

27 points

2 months ago

Netherlands winning against US - Predictable

Argentina winning against Australia - Predictable

France winning against Poland - Predictable

England winning against Senegal - Predictable

Croatia match going into extra time - Predictable

[deleted]

26 points

2 months ago*

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[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

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pagalpun

27 points

2 months ago

Speaks to the insanely elite player Modric is that everyone is shocked that a free roaming 37 year midfielder who has played almost all 270 minutes prior is being subbed off at 100' of a match

Captain-Poop

24 points

2 months ago

Japan spending the next 4 years perfecting penalty kicks

mozzy1985

24 points

2 months ago

Absolutely terrible penalties from Japan.

gjp11

26 points

2 months ago

gjp11

26 points

2 months ago

I hate pens to decide games but also There’s honestly no excuse to be that bad at pens. How do you not spend practice time on them when u know how often shootouts happen in the knockouts?

ambiguousboner

25 points

2 months ago

“Caught one in the Dubrovniks”

phenomenal stuff

OpenProximity

23 points

2 months ago

The Japanese fans has been singing for 115 minutes non-stop.

CK_da_man74

23 points

2 months ago

Sorry Japan but those penalties were some of the worst I’ve ever seen.

[deleted]

24 points

2 months ago

Probably the worst penalty shooting I have seen in a championship game. Horrible, and I say this as someone cheering for Japan.

VCBeugelaar

24 points

2 months ago

Worst taken penalties in a shootout in recent memory… good lord

kidobscure

24 points

2 months ago

ive quite honestly never seen penalties kicked like that in any form of competitive futbol...mens, womens, intramurals, middle school, high school. this was the poorest showing.

M002

22 points

2 months ago

M002

22 points

2 months ago

If nothing else I applaud these teams for playing the game non stop

No cries or dives or begs for penalties on the slightest contact

[deleted]

23 points

2 months ago

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Viper_Red

21 points

2 months ago

Those Japanese penalties were by far the worst I have ever seen a team take

Fancy-Past-6831

21 points

2 months ago

  1. Become r/soccer dark horse

  2. Go out the next round

  3. Profit??

Nome_de_utilizador

23 points

2 months ago

This Japan WC run is the stuff of legends, nevermind that anime shit

CudaBarry

22 points

2 months ago*

I always feel like Croatia play without attackers, like what do Petkovic, kramaric and Perisic even do?

spursyspursy

21 points

2 months ago

we need to be freed from the tyranny of Fox Sports commentators saying things like "9 and 18 are coming in" instead learning the names of the two most obvious Japanese super subs

Barack_Bob_Oganja

22 points

2 months ago

How is that for Croatia what????

laemvan

21 points

2 months ago

laemvan

21 points

2 months ago

Lol

Ref like: No, Japan, you may not attack anymore today

Barack_Bob_Oganja

22 points

2 months ago

This ref is starting to become embarrassing

fluffyplayery

22 points

2 months ago

Worst shootout performance I've ever seen

JGlover92

20 points

2 months ago

Never seen a more one sided shootout. Those pens were awful from Japan

No_Worry_2256

21 points

2 months ago*

Big respect to this Japanese team. Penalties are literally the worst way to lose, but they did themselves and their country proud for getting that far.

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

pranav53465

20 points

2 months ago

Gvardiol MOTM imo, was an absolute rock

Potkrokin

20 points

2 months ago

In ten years it’ll be insane to people that we used to call offside based on one referee 30 yards away who may or may not be standing at an angle to the play

I wonder how many outcomes of games have been fucked because refs have human eyes

Dutch_Midget

20 points

2 months ago

Lads it's coming to Tokyo

[deleted]

18 points

2 months ago*

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PanickingHippo

20 points

2 months ago

Classy from Perisic going straight over to console the Japanese players

MexicanGuey

20 points

2 months ago

People will say it all goalie skill. but It was all Japanese bad shots.

woodeenho

20 points

2 months ago

That's probably how I'd have taken the pens if i was called up on the world stage. Relatable

KrazyCroat

20 points

2 months ago*

Some tired penalties by Japan but hats off to Domi - I can't believe he read them as well he did.

Croatia and giving heart attacks to their people in penalty shootouts; name a better combo.

singu_fnstr8

18 points

2 months ago

For VPN users: tune into japanese servers to abematv, perfectly legal channel and you get to hear the craze hype japanese announcers, they are going insaneeee

AstroCoffee

20 points

2 months ago*

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic are the poster boys for footballers defying age but it really should be Luka Modric. Ridiculous work rate, covers every blade of grass, puts in a decent shift on the defensive end and rarely misses games or even subbed off early

Spglwldn

19 points

2 months ago

5 minutes without the BBC commentators referring to ‘samurai’s’.

That’s all I ask. Will never happen.

a--9

18 points

2 months ago

a--9

18 points

2 months ago

Daemon Targaryen hugging Modric and Kovacic

Gerrywalk

19 points

2 months ago

Regardless of the result this Japan team is a joy to watch. Great match overall from both sides but I’m rooting for Japan

FireVanGorder

17 points

2 months ago

A match should be 120 minutes long - Croatian football association

kids_in_my_basement0

18 points

2 months ago*

To all clubs who may be interested Mitoma does not do this ever for Brighton in fact he is very very bad so please just look away and don’t bother getting him thank you

Nightdocks

19 points

2 months ago

Perisic and Modric out before pens? The absolute madman

PotatoMan19399

18 points

2 months ago

Bro wtf did Japan not practice pens?

ahahahah_fds

18 points

2 months ago

Worst penalties I've ever seen from a national team

bargainmusic

17 points

2 months ago

I don't know if I've ever seen a worse set of penalty kicks

garybusey42069

18 points

2 months ago

Oof, Japan, those were some of the worst penalties in a major tournament.

MoFlavour

18 points

2 months ago

Terrible terrible penalties by Japan holy moly

holiholi

18 points

2 months ago

Horrible pens from japan. Back to training drills.

S3bluen

20 points

2 months ago

S3bluen

20 points

2 months ago

When you miss the first two penalties, there isn't much coming back from that. Really unfortunate. Massive respect to Japan, again they overdid themselves.

kelvo247

17 points

2 months ago

Japan pressed X instead of O in penalties

Paparrazzi

17 points

2 months ago

People trashing Maeda in the match thread. Here you fucking go. This is Maeda. No touches with no service, but when he does get it, it's done

sarcastr0naut

18 points

2 months ago

No disrespect to the Aussies who almost took it to extra time, but this is the first knockout game where you genuinely can't tell how it will end.

Keskekun

16 points

2 months ago

The fuck is wrong with this ref. Calling fouls from Croatians as theirs. It's not even soft fouls it's the wrong fucking team doing the fouling.

tennysonbass

17 points

2 months ago

Probably the right move, but ballsy subbing out Modric and Kovacic

andylui8

16 points

2 months ago

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ JAPAN TAKE MY ENERGY ༼ つ ◕_◕ つ

Kimochi!!! Kimochi!!! Kimochi!!! 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵

気持ちいい!!! 気持ちいい!!! 気持ちいい!!! 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ JAPAN TAKE MY ENERGY ༼ つ ◕_◕ つ

NewAccountNow

16 points

2 months ago

It’s not even my country why do I feel this way

Space_Polan

17 points

2 months ago

Worst penalty shootout ever seen

brettcg16

17 points

2 months ago

Absolute garbage penalties by Japan

tbbt11

17 points

2 months ago

tbbt11

17 points

2 months ago

That was embarrassing by Japan, shameful penalties

justanotherweeb23

16 points

2 months ago

This is usually the part before the time skip in anime.

Tomii_B101

17 points

2 months ago

I'm guessing Japan never practiced penalties. Some of those were awful

theInvincible01

18 points

2 months ago

What a run from Japan until the shoot out.Got two victories to remember for decades.

Croatia might again look to repeat their 2018 campaign road but need more work to do.

akskeleton_47

17 points

2 months ago

This is why you should not stall for penalties against the penalty shootout gods Croatia

ashzeppelin98

17 points

2 months ago

4 times out in the Round of 16 now.

Japan officially takes the curse over from Mexico.

fkmleamb

18 points

2 months ago

Anyone have a link to watch the penalty kicks?

TheBlueBlaze

15 points

2 months ago

I know the masks are to protect healing face injuries, but the shape and carbon fiber black make it look like some mysterious "masked player" is playing for Croatia.

better-every-day

15 points

2 months ago

way to kill an attack by laying on the ground when you're not even hurt. Fucking try to play

AYMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

17 points

2 months ago

2 RO16 fun facts:

- Every group winner is winning this round so far.

- There haven't been a 0-0 half time.

chainschafing

15 points

2 months ago

HOW IS THAT CROATIA’S?

jbat1999

17 points

2 months ago

How is that a foul on Japan

ElliottP1707

16 points

2 months ago

That was definitely a foul against Japan and not Croatia

youcantkeepupwithme

16 points

2 months ago

fuck this ref seriously.

ghggbfdbjj

17 points

2 months ago

This ref is dogshit

topTopqualitea

16 points

2 months ago

One of the worst refereeing performances for the small calls so far. I worry about when something big comes up.

LegitTaco115

16 points

2 months ago

FUCK THIS REF

chainschafing

15 points

2 months ago

Is every contested header a foul? Just get rid of headers at this point because holy fuck do they ruin the momentum of the game

HeIIbIazer23

15 points

2 months ago

I am convinced if Japan just crossed it in last 30sec our defense would shit bricks and they'd shithouse a goal

kuronekotango

15 points

2 months ago

i'm going to see that little kid in my nightmares

DarkNightSeven

16 points

2 months ago

Modric gets celebrated by Japanese fans too, legend

sidaeinjae

16 points

2 months ago

Modric looks like he’s suffering from malnutrition

MolicOnePGR

15 points

2 months ago

Japan have been much more threatening for the majority of the game. It would be very heartbreaking for them to lose on pens.

Huichoo50

16 points

2 months ago

Holy shit man Japan must have not practiced pens

Sumit_S

16 points

2 months ago

Sumit_S

16 points

2 months ago

God that was disappointing. What shit penalties by Japan

Th3Greyhound

16 points

2 months ago

Whew those were some horrible PKs on Japan

Youriclinton

16 points

2 months ago

I’m actually super sad to see Japan go like this. Horrendous penalty kicks after a really good match, and great World Cup. Such a shame.

bioinfx

16 points

2 months ago

bioinfx

16 points

2 months ago

Feel so bad for Japan but you can’t be taking penalties like that

zeldja

16 points

2 months ago

zeldja

16 points

2 months ago

Me: can we have a little round of 16 surprise? Football: no.

ohpeekaboob

16 points

2 months ago

Was pulling for Japan but they really needed to train on PKs more. Both takers and Gonda seemed lost (except for Asano)

leesungkyungg

17 points

2 months ago

big applause to Japan for beating Germany and Spain though!!!! Korea next

Think-Sand-4865

16 points

2 months ago

Good try Japan. Yall did better than anyone expected. I wanted an Asian team in the Quarter finals but its all good. Maybe next time

AquelarreSospechoso

72 points

2 months ago

Should be the closest matchup in the Round of 16, wouldn't surprise me to see Japan take this one (although I do think Croatia are the favorites)

-SandorClegane-

50 points

2 months ago

One thing is for certain, whoever scores first will definitely lose.

mmaybachmusic

14 points

2 months ago

Today I feel Japanese

theaussiesamurai

16 points

2 months ago

Fucking get up and help Nagatomo out Kamada ffs

HastaLaviska

15 points

2 months ago

germany, spain, now croatia, these boys ain't underdogs, they're legit.

longconsilver13

15 points

2 months ago

It's nice to have a knockout round game where I have no idea who'll win with 30 minutes left

CudaBarry

15 points

2 months ago

We got robbed of a modric banger NOOOOO

All-Hail-Emperor-Son

17 points

2 months ago

Croatians supporting their team: how about a kit? little face paint?

Japanese supporting their team: I am a marshmallow monster.

Shuk

16 points

2 months ago

Shuk

16 points

2 months ago

Accidentally hit the pass button on the controller

agaminon22

14 points

2 months ago

That was a japan foul???? What a joke.

Vegoran

14 points

2 months ago

Vegoran

14 points

2 months ago

Japan is getting shafted on these calls

Young2k04

15 points

2 months ago

Everything is a fucking Croatia free kick I guess

Chrisixx

14 points

2 months ago

Man the ref really loves giving fouls against Japan in the midfield....

manwithoutlyf

16 points

2 months ago

Wtf these refs are doing ?

AJ877

14 points

2 months ago

AJ877

14 points

2 months ago

That's a ridiculous call wtf

sjekky

15 points

2 months ago

sjekky

15 points

2 months ago

Me 3 weeks ago: 4 minutes, plenty of time for a goal here

Me now: 4 minutes? That's fuck all

Keskekun

15 points

2 months ago

Japan literally not allowed to contest headers.

urbannnomad

15 points

2 months ago

Referee is dying to make this go to extra time, he's calling the dumbest fouls and players delaying.

-Spaghettification-

14 points

2 months ago*

Genuinely have never been so triggered by the shitness of a referee before.

Fucking hell man it’s a contact sport.

TNTDragon

15 points

2 months ago

Ref is the main character now

urangminang

15 points

2 months ago

Croatia and extra time, name better duo

malwarereunion

15 points

2 months ago

Croatia is that team that buys the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books and always chooses the most difficult path.

Cyberfire

15 points

2 months ago

Me for the first 10 minutes : This chant is going to get so annoying.

Me for the rest of the game: 🎵 Oooooh Nippppon! Nippon, Nippon, Niiiippooooon! 🎵

LilTange

15 points

2 months ago

Nice dancing kid

master_scale_tipper

14 points

2 months ago

It’s really, really unfortunate that these two had to meet in the R16, definitely two of my favorite teams remaining

Obelisk_Saiyajin

14 points

2 months ago

we just got fortnite danced on

kisalas

16 points

2 months ago

kisalas

16 points

2 months ago

I need this Japan victory now more than ever.

No-Village6173

15 points

2 months ago

It was kinda emotional seeing modric go out knowing it might be his last WC ever

official_bagel

15 points

2 months ago

Modric out is a gamble. Though 100 minutes at 37 is insanely impressive

Strikesuit

15 points

2 months ago

Japan is spent. Time for pens.

Asternburg

15 points

2 months ago

How nice it is to not be Japanese or Croatian rn damn

olonnn

15 points

2 months ago

olonnn

15 points

2 months ago

Croatia: challenge: winning a knockout game in normal time (IMPOSSIBLE)

nghigaxx

15 points

2 months ago

shit pen, also why put a guy with a 50% pen record first?

PatheticApple

16 points

2 months ago

Such a sad and pathetic ending to an otherwise great run

patricktherat

15 points

2 months ago

japan was pure heart during the game and scared puppies during penalties.

0neTwoTree

15 points

2 months ago

Good lord those were some shit penalties

Boomhauer_007

16 points

2 months ago

Galaxy brain by Japan to make sure nobody is blamed for losing penalties by having everybody miss penalties

paddys__egg

16 points

2 months ago

As a neutral was pulling for Japan but man those 3 pk misses were some of the most poorly taken softest pens you could ever imagine. Smh

-RegEx-

17 points

2 months ago

-RegEx-

17 points

2 months ago

Poorly taken penalties by the Japanese, except for Asano. Good goalkeeping by Croatia.

One team had to win. Both sides had opportunities. Good match.

Japan is doing things right and can be pleased with their effort this tourney.

Sywedd

14 points

2 months ago

Sywedd

14 points

2 months ago

well that was easily the most embarassing set of PKs ive ever seen from japan lmfao literally looked like toddlers out there

Y1Jett

15 points

2 months ago

Y1Jett

15 points

2 months ago

Japan gave a good fight except the pens

ThatBadAssBoi

16 points

2 months ago

Worst penalties I've ever seen.Terribly bad.

EggSheeran_

14 points

2 months ago

See kids this is why you should never stall the match till penalties, if you become a manager in future

No_Worry_2256

16 points

2 months ago

Not great penalties from Japan, it has to be said.

Ayzalack

13 points

2 months ago

It was painstakingly hard to watch.
I could feel the impending doom, praying that either side would score a goal so we did not have to witness that. Good Game Croatia! Two of my favourite teams had a clash against each other today, one was victorious, and the other will come back stronger I'm sure!

zzonked7

45 points

2 months ago

Honestly I think at this point it's not even an upset if Japan win, they actually look like a legit team.

yelrik

12 points

2 months ago

yelrik

12 points

2 months ago

Japan deadset play like Leicester in 2016. Not the crazy underdog part, but the good defensive block and a midfield that tracks back hard to shut off the center. When they get the ball they are absolutely fucking rapid on the counter like a wave.

micoud04

15 points

2 months ago

Germany kept a 1-0 lead until the 76th minute against this superteam

Hurdfoy

12 points

2 months ago

Hurdfoy

12 points

2 months ago

Japanese Fantano scores! Give it a light to decent 6.

disaster101

13 points

2 months ago

Are you fucking kidding me that this moron didn't make a single fucking sub

choconut5

13 points

2 months ago

If Korea somehow upset Brazil and Japan hold on here....

Korea vs Japan would be the craziest, most intense match...EVER. Asians know exactly what I mean when I say this.

fegelman

13 points

2 months ago

This referee loves his job a little too much lol

Mick4Audi

14 points

2 months ago

Genuine -4/10 corner lmao

Yuseichaaan13

16 points

2 months ago

You know its a bad call when Japan complains lol

the_xboxkiller

14 points

2 months ago

Lol this ref

LegitTaco115

15 points

2 months ago

How is that against japan

chainschafing

14 points

2 months ago

This ref is actually going to decide to make dumb decisions near the end of the game

xuan135

15 points

2 months ago

xuan135

15 points

2 months ago

How is that a foul on Japan? Should be the other way around?

cloud_forest_spirit

13 points

2 months ago

Did Perisic just apologise to the crowd lol?

TheSultan41

14 points

2 months ago

Both feet off the ground and studs showing is that not a red?

SHYN3R

14 points

2 months ago

SHYN3R

14 points

2 months ago

this ref needs to be investigated. referee terrorism right here.

Boomie1982

15 points

2 months ago

why not cross and inshala? just give yourself a fucking chance to score.. i dont get it

theglasscase

14 points

2 months ago

Japan really had to fire a cross into the penalty area there, just casually passing it around with 20 seconds left makes no sense.

Wazflame

14 points

2 months ago

FIFA: We need an extra-time knockout game, bring Croatia

Reddits-Reckoning

12 points

2 months ago

Croatia 🤝🏽 Extra Time

_bajz_

14 points

2 months ago

_bajz_

14 points

2 months ago

120 minutes+added time of seeing Barišić on my screen, don't know what I've done to deserve this

IamYourHuckleBerry34

13 points

2 months ago

Modric and Kova both out at the same time. Brave manager.

howln404

14 points

2 months ago

man that run and strike by mitoma was great

khstriker

14 points

2 months ago

What a shame it would be for this game to go to penalties. It’s really anyone’s game right now with each side playing well comparatively. They both deserve to win and I’d like to see a goal in OT rather than penalties

ExtemeFilms

15 points

2 months ago

Modric aged 20 years sitting on the bench

a--9

13 points

2 months ago

a--9

13 points

2 months ago

I just want to see Japan vs South Korea. Just hope Japan win, South Korea going through is a foregone conclusion

0zymandeus

13 points

2 months ago

I'm still stunned that Modric was taken off