Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals
02 July, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Anita Tucker
Two of Europe's less-heralded sides will duel for a seat at football's top table when Croatia take on Denmark in the Nizhny Novogrod stadium on Sunday with a place at the last 8 of the World Cup on the line.
Croatia were stunned inside 60 seconds by an early Danish aerial assault as Jonas Knudsen's whipped throw-in reached Thomas Delaney, who simply screened the ball and left it to Mathias Jorgensen to poke it home. Henrik Dalsgaard's clearance hit a teammate and fell for Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic to hook the ball in.
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Juventus striker Mandzukic flicked a header wide, Ivan Perisic blazed a shot over from 10 yards out, while Denmark'sChristian Eriksen clipped the bar with a cross.
Danijel Subasic saved penalties from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen.
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The victor will play host nation Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.
Croatia and Denmark can not be separated, with two wins each and a draw in their last five meetings.
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"Croatia are perhaps small favourites if you look at the clubs where the players come from". A long throw-in fell for Mathias Jorgensen by the far post, and he squeezed his left-footed chance through traffic for the first global goal of his career to cement a dream start for the Danes.
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Luka Modric - Arguably, Modric was the best player from the group stages and the midfielder will again be key in exploiting spaces against a resilient Denmark side. "Relationships and tactics get better", he explained.
Denmarkdefender Simon Kjaer said on Saturday that Croatia respects his national team, which has had a strong 12-game unbeaten run in official matches, ahead of their last-16 duel in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeperKasper Schmeichel, whose family ties with Denmark great Peter have been well documented. It must be buzzing in Croatia at the moment because they have been excellent in this tournament so far.
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African side Senegal , became the victims of the fair play tiebreaker, after they finished level on points with Japan in Group H . It's the first time in World Cup history that a team has been eliminated on the basis of fair play points.
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Otherwise, we'll suffer because we have the best player in the world and the other players need to benefit from that. Following the win, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo revealed his half-time speech spurred them on to win.
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Frustration could have set in, but he was pleased he remained patient, adding: "I felt like mentally I was pretty good". But really, really cool for us to see people just kind of having a good time sitting up on the hill.
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Sardar Azmoun's header was blocked by Cedric Soares' arm, with referee Enrique Caceres again opting not to point to the spot. He marked the occasion with a saved penalty too. "When there is a penalty, everything becomes more warm in the pitch".
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