Publicado: Lun, Julio 02, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Nervy Croatia beat dogged Denmark on penalties

Nervy Croatia beat dogged Denmark on penalties

The victor will play host nation Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

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.

Eriksen, Schone and Jorgensen all were denied by the Monaco goalkeeper who had a great night and made up for the mistake by Luka Modric who missed his penalty in the final stages of extra time that would have seen Croatia qualify for the quarter finals without going to penalty kicks.

44' - Mario Mandzukic, who scored Croatia's goal in the fourth minute, goes down with what appears to be an ankle injury.

Six of Croatia's seven goals at this year's World Cup have been scored in the second half.

Danijel Subasic saved three penalties to help Croatia reach the World Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 shootout victory over Denmark following a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Free kick for Croatia wide on the left of the Danish area after Rebic is bought down.

Spain's shock exit to Russian Federation has completely opened up this side of the World Cup draw.

44 minute: Croatia's Rakitic goes unmarked in the box and fires a bullet towards the Danish goal but the goalkeeper saves it.

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Striker Yussuf Poulsen returned for Denmark after suspension.

Croatia were awarded an injury time spot kick after Denmark's Mathias Jorgensen brought down Ante Rebic with this challenge in the penalty area.

After some comical defending at both ends and goals from Mathias Jorgensen and Mandzukic, the match became a tense affair with neither side giving much away.

Christian Eriksen - 6 - A more subdued performance from the Tottenham talisman, but always looked menacing with the ball at his feet, as he looked to unlock a stubborn Croatian defence.

Denmark - Schmeichel 8, Knudsen 7, Jorgensen 6, Kjaer 5, Dalsgaard 6, Delaney 5, Christensen 5, Braithwaite 6, Eriksen 6, Poulsen 7, Cornelius 5.

31 minute: Corner for Denmark. A low scoring, methodically played match will play to Denmark's advantage.

Denmark coach Age Hareide acknowledged that his players are writing their names in the history of their national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but said they are focused on advancing as far as possible.

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