Mario Pasalic struck the profitable spot-kick after Dominik Livakovic stored 3 consequences.
Earlier, Ivan Perisic had pulled Croatia degree within the fifty fifth minute of ordinary time following Daizen Maeda’s opener for Japan simply ahead of the damage. But no aspect may discover a winner both in 90 mins or in extra-time because it completed 1-1.
“It seems that we can’t do it without a drama,” Modric, whose group have been overwhelmed finalists in 2018, stated. “We are more than happy to reach the quarter-finals. It was a very difficult game against a very tough team.”
The fit in Qatar continues a trend for Croatia.
Seven in their previous 8 knockout video games at main tournaments have long past to time beyond regulation, the one exception being their ultimate defeat via France in Russia 4 years in the past.
Modric stated Croatia had now not performed at their most sensible degree however had discovered a technique to win.
“We showed character when we came back from the deficit… Livi (Livakovic) performed a miracle today. A very tough, exhausting match.”
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Coach Zlatko Dalić stated achieving the closing 8 used to be a “major result”.
“Don’t ever underestimate a Croatian,” he stated. “Whenever this happens, one regrets it. We are going all the way.”
This might be the closing probability to win the World Cup for a skilled however growing older era of Croatian gamers.
“We showed that we are of the level necessary to go far. We have finished third (in 1998) and second and now we are in the quarters,” Dalic stated.
“We have earned the right to hope for great results… we won’t give up, we will keep fighting to achieve our World Cup dream.”
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Dalic’s group will subsequent face Brazil who brushed apart South Korea 4-1 to succeed in the quarterfinals.
“If I could choose, I would choose South Korea, but if it’s Brazil, then never mind. Let’s give our best and play our hearts out for the win,” Dalic added.
“The players don’t give up, they reflect the spirit of the Croatian people. We have been through so much pain… the whole of Croatia looks to them.”