2022 World Cup Most Saves: Dominik Livakovic, the Croatian Wall

Croatia’s Dominik Livaković proved his worth in two penalty shoot-outs on the biggest stage of all.
2022 World Cup Most Saves: Dominik Livakovic, the Croatian Wall

In 2022 World Cup, Dominik Livakovic's tally of 25 saves was the highest in the tournament making him one of the best to perform in Qatar.

Since 2018, Dominik Livakovic had been an enthusiastic supporter from the substitutes' bench when Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the nation's penalty-shootout hero in World Cup wins over Denmark and Russia.

Livakovic's hattrick penalty saves against Brazil was the highlight of the tournament (Image- Getty)

Croatia's Dominik Livaković proved his worth in two penalty shoot-outs on the biggest stage of all.

He was inspired in his side's final group game against Belgium with Romelu Lukaku and co unable to find a way past him despite piling on the pressure in the second half.

In the round of 16, the Dinamo Zagreb keeper conceded just his second goal of the tournament when Daizen Maeda put Japan ahead.

But Ivan Perisic headed Croatia level with the game going to penalties. And Livaković rose to the occasion, saving three out of four Japanese spot-kicks to send his side through to the quarter-finals against Brazil.

There was no score in normal time, and it was not until the dying seconds of the first half of extra time that the pre-tournament favourites found the net thanks to some magic from Neymar. But Bruno Petkovic's late strike gave Livaković a chance to shine again in a shoot-out.

But the heroics continued into the penalty shootout, as he saved Brazil's first attempt to preserve Croatia's lead and they went on to win as Marquinhos hit the post with the last spot kick.

He did not disappoint, saving from Rodrygo as Croatia won 4-2 to reach the semi-finals for the second World Cup in succession.

Eventual winners Argentina proved too strong in the semi-finals, running out comfortable 3-0 victors, but Livaković was back on form in the third-place match as Croatia defeated Morocco 2-1.

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