Croatia wins on penalties against Japan.

Croatia defeated Japan on penalties on Monday, moving on to the World Cup quarterfinals.

At Al Janoub Stadium, Daizen Maeda gave Japan the lead just before halftime.

When he sprang to action on a deep free-kick into the opposing penalty area.

Japan lost in the last 16 for the fourth time, following its 2002 defeat to Turkey.

Losing to Belgium in stoppage time four years prior and Paraguay on penalties in 2010.

Despite maintaining composure, Japan lost the penalty shootout.

Prior to Pasalic clinching the victory, Nikola Vlasic and Marcelo Brozovic gave Croatia a 2-1 lead.

Croatia reach World Cup quarters with shoot-out victory over Japan

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