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How Dominik Livakovic Made History

December 06, 2022 07:02 IST

Dominik Livakovic

IMAGE: Dominik Livakovic after saving the second penalty from Kaoru Mitoma. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Croatia Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic wrote his name into World Cup history with three penalty saves to end Japan's giant-killing run at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Dominik Livakovic

IMAGE: Dominik Livakovic saves the first penalty from Takumi Minamino.Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Having never before reached the last eight of the competition, Japan fell at the same stage as they did in 2002, 2012 and 2018, losing 3-1 in a shootout following a 1-1 draw.

With the teams locked at 1-1 at the end of regular and extra time, Livakovic produced a performance for the ages.

The 27-year-old, who plays for Croatian first division club Dinamo Zagreb, saved tame efforts from Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma and Maya Yoshida as Croatia squeezed through.

Dominik Livakovic

IMAGE: Dominik Livakovic saves the fourth penalty from Maya Yoshida.Photograph: Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Livakovic became only the third goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup after compatriot Danijel Subasic (versus Denmark 2018) and Portugal's Ricardo (versus England 2006).

Dominik Livakovic

IMAGE: Dominik Livakovic is congratulated by Ivan Perisic, who had earlier equalised for Croatia with a breathtaking header. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images