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Brazil take on South Korea in their World Cup last-16 tie as they hope to positively respond after their shock 1-0 loss to Cameroon last time out.

Tite’s side are favourites to reach the quarter-finals and have been boosted by Neymar’s return to training this week although questions remain about his match fitness after recovering from an ankle injury.

South Korea come into the match with confidence following their sensational late victory over Portugal which saw them sneak into the knockout rounds at the expense of Uruguay.

Their best-ever performance at a finals was reaching the semis on home soil in 2002, can they repeat that feat 20 years later? Follow all the action with our live blog below, following coverage of the last-16 clash between Japan and Croatia:


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

120+1 mins: There goes the whistle to end extra-time. This match is going to penalties! Croatia won their first two knockout games of the last World Cup on penalties so they’ll be confident.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:33


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

117 mins: Mitoma glances a header towards goal but Livakovic clings onto the ball to keep it out. Borna Barisic collects a yellow card for a heavy tackle too.

Penalties are drawing ever closer.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:31


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

114 mins: There’s a bit of pressure coming from Croatia now. They win a throw in deep in Japan’s half and Josip Juranovic flings a long one into the penalty area.

The ball gets flicked on into the middle but Shuichi Gonda is off his line quickly and confidently plucks it out of the air.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:26


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

111 mins: Croatia win the ball in midfield and work it nicely out to Majer on the right wing. He drives up alongisde the box before swinging in a deep cross.

The Europeans win a corner but when it comes into the middle Shuichi Gonda comes out and punches the ball clear.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:23


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

108 mins: The final part of this last-16 tie gets underway. Hidemasa Morita goes off for Japan with Ao Tanaka replacing him. Marko Livaja is also brought on and he replaces substitute Ante Budimir for Croatia.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:20


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

105+2 mins: The first period of extra-time comes to an end with no change to the scoreline. They only real excitement came from Kaoru Mitoma’s storming run and strike but even that wasn’t enough to beat Dominik Livakovic.

15 minutes to play before penalties.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:15


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

105 mins: Chance! Japan have roared into life at the end of the first half of extra-time. Kaoru Mitoma carries the ball down the left wing before cutting inside and blasting a shot at Dominik Livakovic who sticks out his right hand and keeps the shot out!

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:12


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

102 mins: Perisic receives the ball in the box from a throw in and turns the ball towards goal. Sakai blocks the shot but it comes back to Perisic who sees a second attempt blocked by Ito.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:09


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

99 mins: All of Croatia’s knockout games, except the final, at the 2018 World Cup went to extra time, and they progressed in all three. Will they get the win again tonight?

Croatia’s talisman and captain, Luka Modric, is taken off now as is Mateo Kovacic. Nikola Vlasic and Lovro Majer are the two men to come on.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:07


ET Japan 1-1 Croatia

96 mins: Livakovic sends the ball up the pitch and picks out Perisic who flicks the ball on to Budimir. The Croatian forward is tackled by Sakai who sends the ball out for a throw in.

Croatia send the ball back into play and work it to their back line to build from the back again.

Michael Jones5 December 2022 17:04