Doan Starts For Japan In Croatia World Cup Showdown

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Author - joshai

Forward Ritsu Doan was included as Japan's first choice in their World Cup last-16 match against Croatia on Monday 

He did this after scoring two goals in a substitute role during the group stage.

Doan is the very first Japanese athlete to have scored three goals in three games at a World Cup if he nets against the Croatians and replaces  

Takefusa Kubo in the third change from the squad that defeated Spain by 2-1 to finish top of Group E.

Takehiro Tomiyasu replaces the suspended Kou Itakura in the defense Midfielder Wataru Endo is back in the team in place of Ao Tanaka, who came on as a substitute in the final minutes against Spain. 

Croatia which was the 2018 finalist, makes two changes from the squad that drew 1-1 with Belgium to advance from Group F with a second-place finish.