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Japan (Credits: Twitter)

Japan’s dream run in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup came to an end on Monday with a loss to Croatia in the Round of 16. The Asian giants lost on penalties to crash out of the tournament in Qatar.

For Croatia, their Dominik Livakovic was the hero as he saved three penalties in the shootout, thus helping his team edge past Japan with a 3-1 victory to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. The game ended at 1-1 after extra game before Croatia clinched the tie after winning the shootout.

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Livakovic kept out the first two efforts before stopping the fourth shot too. From the other side, Mario Pasalic scored his penalty to take his side through. Croatia will now lock horns against Brazil for a place in the semifinal.

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Japan (Credits: Twitter)

Having beaten Germany and Spain in the group stage, Japan started the game against Croatia on the front foot. They deservedly took the lead just before the break through Daizen Maeda.

After the break, Croatia drew level thanks to an unbelievable header from Ivan Perisic. The goal also made Perisic Croatia’s all-time leading scorer at major tournaments with 10 goals.

Japan win hearts:

While Japan’s journey in the 2022 FIFA World Cup came to an end on Monday, it did not stop them from coming up with yet another heartwarming gesture.

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Japan left their dressing room in immaculate condition (Credits: Twitter)

The Samurai Blue were quick to leave the heartbreak behind and clean their dressing room. They not only left the dressing room in immaculate condition but also made origami cranes as a sign of gratitude for their hosts. The words ‘thank you’ were written in Arabic and Japanese.

They had come up with a similar gesture in the previous edition oft the World Cup too after suffering a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Belgium. Just like the team, Japan’s fans are also popular for cleaning the stands after every match.

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Japan left behind Origami cranes as a sign of gratitude (Credits: Twitter)