World Cup – Round of 16 – JAP vs CRO / BRA vs KOR

Japan and Croatia went to extra time, while Brazil finally brought their football boots to the tournament. Day 3 of the Round of 16 has ended, here’s what happened!

D. Maeda 43′I. Perisic 55′

Location: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Referee: Ismail Elfath, USA

Manager: H. Moriyasu
Subs: K. Mitoma 64′, T. Asano 64′, H. Sakai 75′, T. Minamino 87′, A. Tanaka 106′

Manager: Z. Dalić
Subs: A. Budimir 62′, M. Pasalic 68′, N. Vlasic 99′, L. Majer 99′, M. Orsic 106′, M. Livaja 106′

Croatia went through on penalties. It was a close and hard fought match, with two equal teams battling through 120 minutes. Croatia had a bit more possession, a bit more shots(same amount of shots on target though) and a slightly better xG, 1.45 compared to Japan’s 1.19.

Japan opened the scoring by Maeda in the 43th minute, after a corner kick, which somehow brought the ball to his feet. The Asians finished the first half in advantage, despite Croatia pushing hard, however it wasn’t late into the second half when Perisic equalised, after a brilliant header. Nice Lovren assist too. Both teams had their chances, however no goal was score under the penalties. Japan missed 3(Livakovic technically saved them), while Croatia missed only one, thus ending the Nippons run at the tournament.

Croatia are through to the Quarter Finals once more and their adversaries are going to be decided in today’s other match. Japan are going home after a heroic group stage, which saw them eliminate Germany and beat Spain.

Brazil4South Korea1
Vinicius Junior 7′
Neymar 13′
Richarlison 29′
L. Paqueta 36′
Paik Seung-Ho 76′

Location: Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud
Referee: Clement Turpin, France

Manager: Tite
Subs: Dani Alves 63′, Bremer 72′, G. Martinelli 72′, Weverton 80′, Rodrygo 80′

South Korea
Manager: Paulo Bento
Subs: Hong Chul 46′, Son Jun-Ho 46′, Paik Seung-Ho 65′, Lee Kang-In 74′, Hwang Ui-Jo 80′

Brazil were the better side, but they did manage to resolve the match in the first half and got their foot off the throttle in the second half. Brazil had an xG of 3.56 at the end of the match, while South Korea had sub 0.5.

Vinicius Jr opened the scoring early on, after a Raphinha assist. Brazil got a penalty 3 minutes later, which was converted by Neymar. Richarlison scored one of the best goals of the tournament in the 29th minute after a true joga bonito moment. Paqueta added the 4th after a Vini jr assist. Korea managed to pull one back in the second half, with a very nice goal from Paik.

Brazil are through to the Quarter FInals, they are going to face Croatia. South Korea are out.