Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

02 July, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Christian Eriksen of Denmark throws his shirt to the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

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.

Here we go then, the second half of extra time begins.

Juventus striker Mandzukic flicked a header wide, Ivan Perisic blazed a shot over from 10 yards out, while Denmark's Christian 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.

"I think today we had the opportunity".

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Ireland will play Denmark twice in the autumn as the sides meet in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

Vatreni won all three of their Group D matches, scoring seven goals and conceding just one.

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.

Denmark defender 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.

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Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeper Kasper 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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