Croatia vs. Denmark, Last 16

Virginia Santiago
July 2, 2018

They too are seeking to match their 1998 achievement when they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by Brazil in what was their best World Cup showing.

Three minutes of added time, Denmark have plenty forward trying to pinch a victor.

Luka Modric passed up the opportunity to send his side into the tournament's last eight late on in extra time, with Kasper Schmeichel saving the Croatian midfielder's poor penalty kick after 116 minutes, sending the game into a shootout.

"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.

Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals
Eriksen then played an astute pass into the path of Braithwaite, who steered it goalwards from an angle but saw Subasic block. The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches.

Half-time summary: It was like Croatia and Denmark started their match from where Russian Federation and Spain ended theirs.

Asked whether his captain could win player-of-the-tournament, as France were knocking out Argentina on Saturday, Dalic said: "It's not going to go to Messi".

Mathias Jorgensen gave Denmark the lead after 58 seconds but Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute.

81' - Substitution: Croatia's Josip Pivaric replaces an injured Ivan Strinic.

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In the shootout, Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty for Croatia after compatriot goalkeeper Subasic had used his feet to stop an attempt from Nicolai Jorgensen. Zlatko Dalic opted for Modric, Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic, with Mateo Kovacic initially on the bench. But Croatia have just enough artillery in their skill set to cross Denmark's hurdle but they might have to grind it out to achieve the desired result.

45' - Substitution: Denmark's Lasse Schöne replaces Andreas Christensen. He limps off the field just before halftime.

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Both sides could have won it in injury-time, when Rakitic and then Braithwaite shot narrowly wide. We're back to a draw. Schmeichel makes another save, but this time the rebound falls to Perisic - his shot goes over the bar for a goal kick. "We played well, have had great victories, but if we do not win against Denmark, we did not do anything". Mathias Jorgensen sneaks one through after some juggling in the box.

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Where Denmark and their star, Christian Eriksen, can frustrate Croatia is by being physical on defense and keeping Croatia away from the net.

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