Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere | Attendance: 41000

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Game 28

  • 93'

    It ends all square - an entertaining game but no goals, courtesy of Kawaguchi's penalty save. A great result for Australia.

  • 91'

    Babic finds Prso, who picks out Olic, but Nakasawa makes a superb interception.

  • 91'

    Three additional minutes are added as Croatia come forward.

  • 90'

    Nakamura wins the header from the corner,it falls to Oguro, but his touch lets him down.

  • 89'

    Alex gets to the byline, puts in a superb low ball and Simunic clears unconvincingly. But where were the strikers?

  • 88'

    Babic takes a Croatian corner, but it looks like it drifted out before coming back in to play.

  • 87'

    Croatia, meanwhile, make the last substitution of the match. Bosnjak comes off and Srna goes off.

  • 86'

    Babic goes down in the Japan box, but no penalty is given and that's probably the correct decision.

  • 86'

    Now Japan take off Takahara and bring on Oguro in the last throw of the dice.

  • 84'

    Srna, who has kept on attacking, accelerates down the right and puts in another dangerous cross, but it evades everyone.

  • 83'

    Srna chips back to Olic, who heads wide at the far post.

  • 82'

    Olic drills a low shot from 25 yards, it whistles across goal and goes wide.

  • 81'

    Srna puts Prso through, but he is adjudged offside.

  • 80'

    Olic pulls it back to Modric whose first touch is a shot, but straight at Kawaguchi.

  • 79'

    The energetic Srna crosses, but it is a Japanese goal kick.

  • 79'

    Needless free kick conceded by Nakata, leading on Niko Kovac.

  • 78'

    Croatian change - Niko Kranjcar is taken off by his dad and on comes Modric.

  • 78'

    Nakamura sends Tamada in behind the defence, but his cross-shot evades Takahara and finds Simunic, defending doggedly at the back post.

  • 76'

    Ogasawara can't control Nakata's through ball and Pletikosa gathers.

  • 76'

    Srna's cross finds Olic who thumps a shot that is blocked.

  • 75'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Takahara sends it up for Inamoto to blaze over from 30 yards.

  • 74'

    Prso's deep cross is headed down by Srna, who is penalised for a push at the back post.

  • 73'

    Alex's name is taken by the referee for a push on Olic.

  • 72'

    Nakamura comes across to take and Kovac clears at the back post.

  • 71'

    Ogasawara comes forward for Japan, who win a corner.

  • 69'

    Srna is booked for Croatia - it's initially unclear - as Olic replaces Tudor in an attacking change.

  • 69'

    Now Ogasawara has a free kick, but he places it straight at Pletikosa.

  • 68'

    Nakamura's cross is cleared by Prso, who has come back to help out at the near post.

  • 67'

    Nakata chips the ball through to Takahara. Simic defends well at the cost of a corner.

  • 65'

    Babic comes forward on the counter-attack , cuts infield and hits a right-foot shot that goes not far wide.

  • 64'

    A real entertaining game, but so far neither of these teams have found a winner.

  • 62'

    Now a free kick for Croatia at the other end. Srna bends it in, Simunic - a real threat in the air - rises and heads wide. Close once again.

  • 62'

    Change for Japan - Yanagisawa goes off for Tamada.

  • 61'

    Nakamura goes for the shot from 25 yards, curls it in and it goes wide.

  • 60'

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    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    Inamoto comes forward and is brought down by Kovac in a promising position to shoot.

  • 60'

    Srna crosses, Simunic jumps to wins the header and Klasnic at the far post slides but can't quite turn it in.

  • 59'

    Prso turns to win a throw near the corner flag.

  • 58'

    Klasnic's cross is headed away by Alex at the back post. Both teams are attacking at will, but neither can find the breakthrough.

  • 56'

    Prso goes down under Nakazawa's challenge, but no free kick is awarded.

  • 56'

    Nakata, with another fierce long-range shot, brings another save from Pletikosa.

  • 55'

    And at the other end, Kranjcar, at full stretch, pokes wide from eight yards. Another good chance.

  • 53'

    Alex chips in a cross and Pletikosa comes out to claim.

  • 53'

    Now the lively Klasnic has a shot which Kawaguchi clings on to.

  • 52'

    Croatia come back with Prso, and it's something of a surprise that there have been no goals so far.

  • 51'

    What a miss. Yanagisawa, faced with an open goal, somehow toe-pokes wide after a fine link-up between Kaji and Nakata on the right.

  • 50'

    Srna's corner bounces off Miyamoto to safety.

  • 50'

    It's end to end. Prso breaks and then Klasnic wins a corner from Inamoto.

  • 49'

    Japan come forward with Nakamura and then Alex but the move ends with a poor cross from Ogasawara.

  • 48'

    Inamoto ends the attack with a fine tackle on Kranjcar.

  • 47'

    Srna hits the free kick, but straight into the two-man wall.

  • 46'

    Babic comes forward and Inamoto's first action is to bring him down on the edge of the box.

  • 46'

    Japan get us going with the loser facing up to a probable exit.

  • 46'

    A change for Japan at the start of the second half. Fukunishi goes off, Inamoto is on.

  • 45'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    That's half-time. It's been very entertaining, but we've had no goals. Kawaguchi's penalty save has kept it at 0-0.

  • 45'

    Another effort from Klasnic on the counter-attack, but he volleys over.

  • 46'

    Kaji gets to the byline and crosses, but it is headed away.

  • 45'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 44'

    Then a long cross sails over everyone and out for a Japanese goal kick.

  • 43'

    Another corner for the Croats. Srno takes, Prso rises well and heads powerfully over the bar.

  • 42'

    Kawaguchi is booked for time-wasting - but why waste time at 0-0? Strange refereeing.

  • 40'

    Prso picks out Klasnic, who whips away a shot on the turn, and it is another terrific low save by Kawaguchi.

  • 38'

    Klasnic and Prso combine, Srna gets to the byline and wins a corner.

  • 37'

    Now Alex has a go from distance, but that sails way over.

  • 36'

    Nakata latches on to Nakamura's pass, strikes his shot really well and a diving Pletikosa saves well.

  • 34'

    Simunic gets his head to the corner and Kawaguchi claims eventually.

  • 33'

    Kawaguchi almost has a very embarrassing moment as a backpass bobbles over his foot... and just past the post.

  • 33'

    It's a free kick for Japan 30 yards out. Nakamura flights it, but wide.

  • 32'

    Robert Kovac is booked and he will the Australia game - he tugged back Yanagisawa.

  • 31'

    At the other end, Klasnic has a go from an acute angle. It goes across the face of goal and wide.

  • 30'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Ogasawara has a crack from about 30 yards. It's a powerful effort and Pletikosa holds at the second attempt.

  • 30'

    Takahara's deflected effort is simple for Pletikosa.

  • 29'

    Kovac's cross is read by Alex who leads a counter-attack. He comes forward at pace, finds Ogasawara, but his cross is poor.

  • 28'

    Superb strike from Kranjcar on the turn from 25 yards. It rebounds back off the bar.

  • 27'

    Alex gets forward to keep a long ball in, but is unable to direct his cross.

  • 27'

    Well-struck effort from Alex from long range, but it goes well wide.

  • 26'

    Srna went for the deep corner, but it was too deep for everyone.

  • 25'

    Srna himself takes the free kick, Simunic rises at the back post and Nakazawa defends well but at the cost of a corner.

  • 24'

    Srna twists and turns and is fouled by Nakata.

  • 23'

    And from the resulting corner, Kranjcar heads into the side-netting.

  • 23'

    Brilliant save - Kawaguchi dives low to his left and tips Srna's penalty wide.

  • 22'

    Miyamoto is booked and misses the Brazil game. Japan, meanwhile, try and delay the penalty.

  • 21'

    Prso goes down under a challenge from Miyamoto - and he wins a penalty. He clipped the Croat's heels.

  • 19'

    Srna's long pass is inches away from the sliding Klasnic at the far post.

  • 19'

    Simunic wins the header and it requires the man on the line to intervene... but the whistle had already gone for a foul.

  • 18'

    Srna's cross is deflected - it's a corner for the Czechs.

  • 18'

    Yanagisawa releases Kaji in acres of space, he crosses but Srna intervenes well.

  • 16'

    Nakata comes forward again, finds Alex but Takakara can't control the pass.

  • 15'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Croatia to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Nakata goes for audacious from an acute angle - but his lob is way over.

  • 13'

    A chance for Klasnic - and Nakazawa does well to deflect it over. The ball just didn't drop in time for him to shoot.

  • 12'

    Prso goes down theatrically on the edge of the Japanese box - but there is no free kick.

  • 11'

    Nakata's pass goes straight to Pletikosa. Yanagisawa was on the wrong wavelength.

  • 9'

    Nakamura's pass finds Ogasawara, but he can't get a shot away.

  • 8'

    Nakata crosses from the right and Tudor heads away.

  • 8'

    Now Nakamura finds Yanagisawa but he is offside.

  • 7'

    Kaji comes forward to cross, but Pletikosa claims.

  • 7'

    Now they come clear and Nakamura aims for Yanagisawa with a long ball. He only finds Simunic.

  • 7'

    A foul by Yanagisawa on Babic means Japan still can't get out of their own half.

  • 6'

    Srna's long throw is headed out by Miyamoto at the near post. The Croats seem to be looking to the high ball for joy.

  • 5'

    Now a free kick for Croatia, which Babic can cross. Alex heads away.

  • 4'

    Niko Kovac comes forward, picks out Kranjcar who shoots first time from 30 yards, but too near the keeper.

  • 4'

    But Nakamura's outswinger went out before coming back into the field of play.

  • 3'

    Nakamura himself takes, whips it in, it strikes a defender and Srna hacks it out for a corner.

  • 3'

    Babic tugs Nakamura and Japan have a free kick in a promising position.

  • 2'

    Miyamoto, in acres of space at the back for Japan, is acting as teh playmaker.

  • 1'

    Prso charges into Fukunishi, who goes down in apparent pain.

  • 1'

    Croatia get the game underway with both teams looking for a first victory.


    Kaji and Ogaswara come in for Japan while Croatia are unchanged, with Simic creates a Croatian record for caps.


    The teams are in for the clash in Nuremburg. Japan: Kawaguchi, Miyamoto, Kaji, Nakazawa, Santos, Ogasawara, Hidetoshi Nakata, Nakamura, Fukunishi, Takahara, Yanagisawa. Subs: Narazaki, Moniwa, Komano, Endo, Koji Nakata, Maki, Doi, Oguro, Inamoto, Ono, Tsuboi, Tamada. Croatia: Pletikosa, Robert Kovac, Simunic, Tudor, Simic, Srna, Babic, Nico Kovac, Kranjcar, Prso, Klasnic. Subs: Balaban, Bosnjak, Butina, Didulica, Ivan Leko, Jerko Leko, Modric, Olic, Seric, Tokic, Tomas, Vranjes. Refer

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Japan

  • 14(4)

  • -

  • 18

  • 51%


  • Croatia

  • 18(5)

  • -

  • 19

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Croatia
14(4) Shots (on goal) 18(5)
18 Fouls 19
5 Corner kicks 11
1 Offsides 4
51% Time of Possession 49%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 9

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