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

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

Tactical change is required.

"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.

After a shocking start that saw both teams concede clumsy goals in the first four minutes of the game, things settled down, and Croatia had just a bit more of the match than Denmark but still found themselves on the brink a couple times against a disciplined opponent. It seemed that they were on a mission.

But three minutes later Croatia were level, a neat build-up on the right resulting in an Andre Rebic cross that was half-cleared and rebounded to Mario Mandzukic, who steered it beyond Schmeichel. He goes for the shot, but the ball crashes into the wall and out for a corner.

It may not have been the end he wanted to his first campaign as Denmark manager, but Hareide said he was already looking forward to building on what the team had achieved in Russian Federation. At half-time, the score was one goal each.

Croatia and Denmark can not be separated, with two wins each and a draw in their last five meetings.

The Vatreni have been one of the sensations of the tournament to date. Croatia's midfield, which includes Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, has been as good as any at the World Cup. Mathias Jorgensen, 5. Jonas Knudsen, 6 Andreas Christensen, 8.

Knudsen was still causing problems with his long throws, two more of which led to scrambles in the Croatia area before the defender smashed a low cross straight at Lovren.

Edinson Cavani punishes Portugal with two brilliant goals
Forging a simply unstoppable partnership with Suarez, Uruguay look like scoring every time they come forward. Portugal would have to wait for the second half to equalise - with a goal in the 55th minute from Pepe .

Wow. Wow. Wow. The 2018 World Cup keeps delivering classics and we are in for another cracking one after the grueling Spain vs Russian Federation epic show which saw the 2010 World Cup winners dumped out by the host nation.

Made a few erratic clearances but repelled the danger.

With Denmark staring down the barrel of a World Cup exit, Modric couldn't find a way through.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made three saves in the penalty shootout.

After a lively extended period, a penalty was awarded to Croatia after Ante Rebic's path to scoring into an empty net was halted by Mathias Jorgensen, who only received a yellow card.

He also said he has studied the way Croatian players shoot penalties when playing with their teams, in case the match goes to a penalty shootout.

Cape Town - Croatia have advanced through to the quarter-finals of the Soccer World Cup in Russian Federation after defeating Denmark in a thrilling penalty shootout on Sunday evening.

Croatia's World Cup clash with Denmark looked as though it was going to finish with Kasper Schmeichel as the hero but in the end it was Subasic. "I think we have better players than that team".

Related Articles

  • North Korea understands US  on 'complete denuclearisation' - Pompeo

    North Korea understands US on 'complete denuclearisation' - Pompeo

    Pompeo was questioned by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a range of topics including Iran's nuclear capabilities. Shortly after the summit with Kim, Trump declared that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
    Sanjay Dutt Broke Down After Watching 'Sanju': Rajkumar Hirani

    Sanjay Dutt Broke Down After Watching 'Sanju': Rajkumar Hirani

    Nearly every person who is associated with the film industry is speaking and sharing his/her own experience after watching Sanju . The movie reviews have been more than pleasing with many critics saying Ranbir is absolutely believable as Sanjay Dutt .
    Trump narrows list of potential Supreme Court nominees

    Trump narrows list of potential Supreme Court nominees

    FILE - Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017. Who is Trump listening to? Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the chamber and Trump can ill-afford any defections.
  • Nigeria exit #WorldCup after loss to Argentina leaving fans heartbroken

    Nigeria exit #WorldCup after loss to Argentina leaving fans heartbroken

    Argentina salvaged its pride in making it to the knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup in a hard fought 2-1 win over Nigeria. If not we suffer, we know we have the best player in the world and we have to benefit from that.
    U.S.  top court backs Trump's travel ban

    U.S. top court backs Trump's travel ban

    Federal courts again blocked the order, but the Supreme Court upheld parts of the ban and scheduled oral arguments in October. Hundreds of people gathered in New York City's Foley Square on Tuesday evening to decry the Supreme Court decision.
    Ash From New Volcanic Eruptions Closes Bali's Airport

    Ash From New Volcanic Eruptions Closes Bali's Airport

    Despite the eruption, Agung's status remained on alert status, the second highest danger warning. Volcanic ash can damage aircraft engines, clog fuel and cooling systems, and affect visibility.
  • Fortnite is replacing its Final Fight game mode with a reliable favorite

    Fortnite is replacing its Final Fight game mode with a reliable favorite

    Other believe that Epic Games are sticking to just one map, and will instead make further changes to what already exists. So, we're left waiting even longer for more information on when Playground mode might return.
    Cut oil imports from Iran to zero, or else, warns State Department

    Cut oil imports from Iran to zero, or else, warns State Department

    Iran has also requested European Union nations commit to buying oil from them as part of a deal to remain in the nuclear pact. Iran eased its "resistance economy" policy after many global sanctions were lifted in January 2016 under the nuclear deal.
    Full time: Russian Federation  0 Uruguay 3

    Full time: Russian Federation 0 Uruguay 3

    But Cavani had the final word, prodding home in the last minute after a Godin header had been parried. It was Suarez's seventh goal in three World Cups , while it was only a third for Cavani .
  • Batshuayi reacts to painful goal celebration

    Batshuayi reacts to painful goal celebration

    The image of the youngster blasting the ball off the post and back onto his face is now likely to haunt him for some time. Belgium beat the Three Lions 1-0 to top the group and set up a knockout clash with Japan.
    Capitol Police charge almost  600 people protesting Trump immigration policies

    Capitol Police charge almost 600 people protesting Trump immigration policies

    In all, Capitol police arrested at least 575 women for the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol. The White House has also said the order was not a long-term solution and called for Congress to pass immigration reform.
    USA  gives Disney-Fox deal antitrust approval

    USA gives Disney-Fox deal antitrust approval

    Disney would also get Fox's stake in the streaming service Hulu, along with its stake in the European broadcaster Sky. The proposed settlement requires Disney to divest 22 RSNs, now owned by Fox, to a buyer acceptable to the Department.