World Cup Knockouts: Livakovic Blocked Three Penalty Kicks to Save Croatia from Japan

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December 6, 2022 (Jack87 News) – Last night, the 2022 Qatar World Cup knockout round continue with the battle between Japan and Croatia at the Aljanub Stadium. The game was too intensed that it ended in 120 minutes with two sides drew 1-1 BK8. In the brutal penalty shoot-out, the Croatian team successfully advanced to the current tournament with a total score of 4-2 by virtue of goalkeeper Livakovic’s miraculous performance in blocking the Japanese team’s penalty kicks three times. Can they continue the same level of energy against their quarterfinals opponent, Brazil led by Neymar?

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Livakovic, who plays for the Croatian domestic giants Dinamo Zagreb, became famous in this game. During the penalty shootout, he successfully saved the shots of Japanese team Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Misaka, and Maya Yoshida. With these, the Croatian team was sent to the quarter-finals of the World Cup Bet99. He also became the third goalkeeper to successfully save three goals in a World Cup penalty shootout after Portugal goalkeeper Ricciardo in Germany in 2006 and compatriot Subasic in 2018.

After the game, Livakovic was named the best player of the game by virtue of his magical performance. When being interviewed by the media after the game, Livakovic said: “It feels really great to win in the penalty shootout. Thank you to the whole team, thank you to the fans, thank God! Let us win in this way, it is really great. It wasn’t easy. The Japanese team was well prepared, but so were we. In the most difficult times, we persevered. It was a really great feeling – I became a Croatian hero Boda8!” Captain Modric also sent praises to Livakovic after the game saying, “Livakovic showed what a good goalkeeper he is, and he led us to the quarter-finals. Livakovic made miracle today! ”

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