Japan and Croatia are probably still a long way from the final 16 games many predicted, but there is little doubt that these two have earned their place in the knockout rounds. The Samurai Blue emerged from arguably the hardest group to get to this point, while the 2018 runners-up from the Balkans channeled opponents’ disrespect (real or perceived) and used it as rocket fuel. Make sure you know how watch a live stream between Japan and Croatia from anywhere (opens in new tab) and all FIFA World Cup 2022 games online for free.
Live stream Japan vs Croatia
Dates: Monday December 5, 2022
Kick-off: 3pm (GMT) / 10am (EST)
Free live stream: BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)
Look everywhere: ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)
Anyone who thought Japan would get out of a group with Spain and Germany before the tournament is lying, but the Samurai Blue not only made it to the last 16, but topped their section by beating the European giants who have won five World Cups between them.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu made inspired substitutions again at half-time to turn a 1-0 half-time deficit into a stunning 2-1 win over Spain at the final whistle in what was one of the most incredible group stage finishes ever in the history of the tournament. Ritsu Doan and Kaoru Mitoma offered speed and trickery and, let’s get this straight, the ball definitely didn’t go out of play. With high confidence, they could pull off another surprise if they want to make it to the quarter-finals for the first time.
Croatia has yet to really come alive in Qatar, but they remain a dangerous tournament team, full of experience, who know how to get the job done. Goalless draws against Belgium and Morocco were the bread in a 4-1 Canada stuffing sandwich. That win was based on using Canucks boss John Herdman’s motivation for his team against them, but if they can find something bad or disrespectful about the Japanese to stick on the locker room wall, then they are truly pathologically addicted to drama. Marko Livaja had a hard time up front against Belgium, so Mario Pasalic can get an attacking refresh.
This last 16 match kicks off at 3pm GMT / 10am EST at 44325 Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, in Qatar 2022. Make sure you know how to watch a live stream between Japan and Croatia and watch the entire FIFA World Cup 2022 to see.
Live stream Japan vs Croatia
You can watch the live stream between Japan and Croatia for free on BBC One. It is also available for watch online for free on BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) in 4K HDR. BBC iPlayer’s World Cup coverage is recorded in native 4K resolution. You might find it a bit slowed down, but it’s the best quality stream available and worth tuning into for it.
British football fans, whether at home or abroad, can watch the World Cup matches on BBC iPlayer for free. Outside the UK at the moment? Use a VPN to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad. (opens in new tab)
We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Full details on how to use a VPN below.
Watch Japan vs Croatia live stream from anywhere
You cannot watch your regular live stream between Japan and Croatia while traveling abroad. The streaming service sees that you are abroad and blocks you. However, you can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this.
It’s a straight forward piece of software that makes your device look like it’s in the right country so you can watch any live stream between Japan and Croatia from anywhere in the world.
We rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN for World Cup 2022. It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.
Using a VPN for the live stream between Japan and Croatia
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the one we recommend.
2. Open the VPN app and choose the location of the service you want to access. For the World Cup in Qatar, you can choose ‘UK’ for BBC.
3. Then go to BBC (opens in new tab) on your browser or device and enjoy the free live stream between Japan and Croatia!
USA football stream: watch Japan vs Croatia
In the US, Fox Sports has the TV rights for the live stream between Japan and Croatia. The game will be broadcast on Fox. Anyone with Fox on cable can watch as usual on TV or on the Fox Sports or Fox Now apps, but you can also watch a live stream between Japan and Croatia without cable.
However, remember that if you are a British citizen abroad, you can use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 for free (opens in new tab) on iPlayer and ITVX.
Cordcutters can also live stream every game on Peacock Premium (starting at $5/month) in Spanish.
Canada football stream: watch Japan vs Croatia
Cable network TSN has the rights to watch Japan vs Croatia in Canada. That means Canadians have to add TSN to their cable TV package or subscribe to TSN for streaming only for $19.99 a month or $199.90 a year.
FuboTV subscribers will not be able to watch the 2022 World Cup, unlike those in the US. That said, if you’re a US citizen away from home and in Canada, you can use a VPN to watch World Cup 2022 on FuboTV (opens in new tab) while you are away, just as you normally would.
Watch the live stream Japan vs Croatia in Australia
If you are in Australia you can watch a Japan vs Croatia live stream on SBS. Local streaming service SBS on request (opens in new tab) will provide live coverage of every World Cup match in Qatar.
Are you away from your home in Oz right now? You’ll have to use a VPN (opens in new tab) to access the free SBS live stream without being geographically blocked.
Japan vs Croatia live stream kickoff times
Japan vs Croatia global kickoff times
- Local: 6 p.m
- UK: 3 p.m
- Central Europe, including Croatia: 16.00 hours
- US (EST/PST): 10am / 7am
- Australia: 2am (Tuesday)
- New Zealand: 4 a.m. (Tuesday)
- India: 8:30 pm
- Japan: 12 noon (Tuesday)
World Cup 2022 match schedule – dates and TV times
All times are in GMT (UK time)
Saturday December 3
Netherlands vs USA (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; 3pm)
Argentina vs Australia (Ahmad bin Ali, Al Rayyan; 7pm)
Sunday December 4
France vs Poland (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; 3pm)
Senegal vs England (Al Bayt, Al Khor; 7pm)
Monday 5 Dec
Japan vs Croatia (Al Janoub, Al Wakrah; 3pm)
Tuesday Dec 6
Morocco vs Spain (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; 3pm)