Croatia edges Denmark in penalty shootout to reach quarterfinals
Jul 02 2018
Croatia advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup after defeating Denmark 3-2 on penalties in their round of 16 encounter on Sunday evening.
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A dramatic start with two goals in the first four minutes promised a full-blooded contest to decide who would meet Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday after the hosts beat Spain on penalties in Sunday's early game.
Denmark got off to the flawless start in the first minute, when Mathias Jorgensen scored his first goal for his country, as he poked a shot that sneaks under keeper Danijel Subasic.
Kasper Schmeichel - With 2 clean sheets in 3 matches, Schmeichel has already stamped his authority on this side. That came after Ante Rebic was fouled in the 116th minute Mathias Jørgensen, with the goal at his mercy. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.
"What I can say about Eriksen is he's a fantastic player, a world-class player".
On a day when Spain was surprisingly knocked out of the World Cup by underdogs Russia, Croatia made sure it did not become another much-fancied team to falter - but only just.
Croatia'sMario Mandzukic does not look comfortable and walks out of the pitch.
Luka Modric - 6 - The architect in central midfield, Croatia's talismanic playmaker was at the heart of every encouraging move his side produced, but ultimately squandered the definitive chance of the match as his last minute penalty was saved by Schmeichel.
Croatia and Denmark are meeting for the sixth time; their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced, with two wins each and one draw. Denmark have scored 7 and conceded 12.
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Modric's opposite number Eriksen promptly missed Denmark's first penalty, with Milan Badelj repeating the trick with Croatia's first.
39 minute: Free-kick to Croatia on the left-flank. Schmeichel makes another save, but this time the rebound falls to Perisic - his shot goes over the bar for a goal kick.
After Sime Vrsaljko smashed a cross into the box, the ball pinballed off the face of Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney and dropped to the feet of Mandzukic, whose mishit shot trundled past Kasper Schmeichel.