Croatia gut out last-16 tie with Denmark to reach quarters

Croatia gut out last-16 tie with Denmark to reach quarters

Croatia gut out last-16 tie with Denmark to reach quarters

There was an element of comedy to the fourth-minute equalizer for Mario Mandzukic as Denmark's early advantage quickly disappeared. They found the equaliser nearly straight away, with a spot of luck, as a Danish clearance ricocheted off Andreas Christensen and at the feet of Mario Mandzukic. I think we were the better team in the second half and the extra time.

The anticipated influence of Christian Eriksen for the Danes and Croatia's Modric held out hopes of more mouth-watering action but their craft was only evident in patches.

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.

Croatia is off to the World Cup quarterfinal after topping Denmark in a penalty shootout on Sunday, and it's safe to say that the fans in Zagreb are ecstatic.

"It's seldom that we play like this, and the game against Croatia will be a very different spectacle".

And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

Dejan Lovren nearly got the second goal for the Croats seven minutes before the break with a glancing header that sailed just wide of the upright.

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To which someone alluded that the Atlas Lions will definitely vent their frustrations of the World Cup on the Flames. But they are not the first - in 1998 France won it but were eliminated in the group stages in 2002.

12 minute: Corner for Croatia.

Mandzukic went off and Milan Badelj came on for Croatia, but Denmark remained the team with the greater assurance and Jorgensen sent a tough chance wide after yet another Knudsen throw.

Then we had to wait 110 minutes for some drama.

Croatia have not gone past the World Cup group stage since 1998, when they were semi-finalists in France and only edged out by the hosts. It was Denmark's fastest ever World Cup goal.

In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the Croatia vs. Denmark 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 game will be carried by the ITV and may be accessed, inside the United Kingdom only, using ITV Hub.

The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker is more than capable of producing magical moments, and he will be the man Denmark look to to win the game. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a couple big stops.

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, however, has warned his team-mates they will need to keep a close eye on Eriksen on Sunday. 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.

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