Croatia vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

"We could be in for a midfield battle between Christian and Modric, and it would be exciting both for us on the bench and for spectators to see it".

After surviving the shootout, Subasic had to survive the celebration.

"I was nine-years-old. I remember my mom screaming in the house when we scored", Lovren, said, thinking back to Croatia's 2-1 triumph over the Netherlands in the 1998 third-place match. But Denmark, unbeaten in 18 games coming into the game, provided tough opposition.

108' - Substitution: Croatia's Milan Badelj replaces Mario Mandzukic.

That broke the record for the fastest time in which both teams have scored at a World Cup match - by all of seven seconds.

Croatia have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time after 1998.

Croatia equalized in the fourth minute with another untidy goal at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

After the match finished deadlocked at 1-1 after 120 minutes in large part due to Schmeichel's save from Modric, Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen all missed from the spot as Denmark went down 3-2 in the shootout.

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.

In three minutes of added time, Rakitic thumped a drive wide from the edge of the box, Braithwaite having time to send a strike of his own wide before the referee's whistle confirmed extra time.

The penalty was awarded after Danish star Mathias Jorgensen cynically brought down Ante Rebic in the penalty area after the Croat broke free in a streaking run that beat the goalkeeper to leave an exposed goal.

"That's the brutality of football". The former Manchester United keeper did the same when Kasper Schmeichel stopped two penalties in the shootout.

The World Cup has had a first-time victor in 1958 (Brazil), 1978 (Argentina) and 1998 (France).

The Tottenham playmakers past and present hold down important roles for their national sides, with Modric outstanding for Croatia so far at Russian Federation 2018 and Eriksen Denmark's main attacking threat.

"We must not relax".

"We have many good players, but we have a team which is what has taken us so far".

"The whole world will watch. The boys said that when we came back into the locker room". "It is going to be a big game".


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