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Every player rated as Croatia triumph in tense penalty shoot-out against Denmark

02 July, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Ivan Rakitic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June

However, the Croatia captain returned to bravely take one of the post-match kicks as goalkeeper Danijel Subasic save three of Denmark's efforts to set up a quarter-final meeting with Russian Federation on Saturday.

Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.

Croatia could have won the game in extra-time but captain Luka Modric had a penalty saved by Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, after Mathias Jorgensen brought down Ante Rebic.

Not since 2002 has Denmark made it out of the groups, while Croatia's run to the semi-finals in 1998 was their last taste beyond the first round.

20 minute: Croatia's Mario Mandzukic goes down in the Denmark penalty box and appeals for a penalty but the Referee disregards it.

Croatia have an experienced squad which could at least match their best-ever finish of a third place which happened in 1998 World Cup.

39' - A set piece for Croatia nearly results in a goal.

Denmark must be exhausted of hearing about Croatia's success thus far.




Yussuf Poulsen - 7 - When Denmark attacked, the lively lynchpin was extremely threatening, and always looked capable of producing a moment of brilliance for his side. It struck early, leading directly to the opener and it struck late, sending fear through the Croatian defensive ranks towards the end of the 90 minutes and throughout extra time.

Sunday's match got off to an incredible start, and if you were five minutes late, you missed almost everything.

Modric, who has already scored two goals, will be expected once again to pull the strings for Croatia from midfield.

65' - Croatia gets a chance with a well-placed corner, but the Denmark defense holds strong and clears the ball.

97' - Substitution: Croatia's Andrej Kramaric replaces Ivan Perisic.

Led by Real Madrid's midfield lynchpin Luka Modric, Croatia also defeated Nigeria and Iceland to top Group D. The pre-quarter-final will be played at the same venue where the Croats thumped Argentina.

Before Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, Knudsen had played just one game for Denmark in the past three years, and that was a friendly to boot.

Croatia, meanwhile, have been one of the form teams in the first half of the World Cup.

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