Penalties were Croatia's game from the beginning which is why I hoped for the game to end before that.
As a team, Japan can tactically withstand them, but in a 1 v 1 they lose every time. And that's what penalties are. Croatian players have experienced this preassure countless times for their clubs and country.
Japan has a long way to go in that department. Chief of which is working on their strength - both in duels as well as shooting and passing strength.
But they did make the tournament interesting for a good while so thanks for that.