During the scoreless first half of their World Cup quarterfinal at Education City Stadium, Croatia’s midfield specialists neutralised Brazil admirably.
Josip Juranovic and Ivan Perisic narrowly missed converting Mario Pasalic’s cross, giving Luka Modric and his team the finest opportunity of a sparsely-involved opening period.
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Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković put up a splendid performance. Livaković has more saves against Brazil (6) in this match, as of 70 minutes, than Alisson Becker has in the entire 2022 FIFA World Cup so far (5). He has denied Neymar alone on four occasions till now in the match.
Who is Dominik Livaković?
Dominik Livakovic, a professional football player for Dinamo Zagreb of the Prva HNL and the Croatian national team, was born on January 9, 1995, in Croatia.
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Livakovi comes from a household that values education. His father, Zdravko Livakovic, is a construction engineer and a former state secretary in the Bozidar Kalmeta administration’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure. His maternal grandmother taught English and his paternal grandfather was a radiologist. His mother Manuela Skoblar is a first-degree relative of Josip Skoblar.
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Livakovic married his longtime partner Helena Mati in the Zadar Cathedral in June 2022.
He cited Iker Casillas, David de Gea, and Danijel Subasic as his football idols.
In May 2016, Livakovic was given his first call-up to the Croatian national football team for an exhibition game against Moldova. In the 2017 China Cup match against Chile, where Croatia lost on penalties, he made his debut.
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He was included in Croatia’s initial 32-man roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May of that year, and he ultimately played for the team that finished runners-up after losing the championship match against France. On October 12, 2018, at Stadion Rujevica in Rijeka, he made his professional debut against England in a 2018–19 Nations League game that finished in a scoreless tie.
Livakovic took over as Croatia’s starting goalkeeper for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign after Lovre Kalinic’s underwhelming performances, beginning with matchday 3 against Wales on June 8, 2019.
On 5 December 2022, in the 2022 FIFA World Cup round of 16 encounter against Japan, Livaković was named man of the match after stopping three penalties in the shoot-out to assist his side advance to the quarter-finals. He joined his fellow countryman Danijel Subasic and Ricardo as the third goalkeepers to make three saves in a World Cup shootout. Ricardo did it in 2006 and Subasic did so in 2018.