Croatia reaches World Cup quarterfinals with shootout win over Denmark
Jul 02 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Croatia then went on to 3-2 win Denmark in nail-biting penalties, thanks to the heroics of Subasic.
Mathias Jorgensen put the Danes ahead inside the first minute in Sunday's last-16 tie in Nizhny Novgorod, but Mario Mandzukic quickly brought Croatia level.
So after another lively affair how did the players rate? Alongside Schmeichel both 'keepers enjoyed formidable performances during a tense penalty shoot-out.
Croatian defender Dejan Lovren also believes his side can exceed his country's 1998 finish, the best ever in the country's history, according to the online newspaper Ahram.
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MF Marcelo Brozovic, 6 - Good in challenges, but rarely provided the much needed bridge from defence and midfield, playing in a position that is not ideal for him. There are no other injury concerns for Denmark.
It came at the end of a largely disappointing tie - and one that had seen Luka Modric spurn a golden chance to snatch a late victor when his penalty shortly before the end of extra-time was superbly saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Only Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric kept their place in the starting lineup.
"There has been a lot of comparison between those two teams", Inter winger Ivan Perisic said this week.
108' - Substitution: Croatia's Milan Badelj replaces Mario Mandzukic.
- Croatia have won all of their three matches coming into this game which is their longest ever streak of wins in the competition.
81' - Substitution: Croatia's Josip Pivaric replaces an injured Ivan Strinic. However, it proved a false dawn as the spectacle faded with both sides choosing caution as their priority given the rare chance to reach the last eight.
5 - Hesitated with making subs, and his introduction of Mateo Kovacic didn't do anything for the team. Vrsjalko crosses into the box, where Dalsgaard deflects the ball straight into the path of Mandzukic, who fires a shot past Kasper Schmeichel and into the back of the net.
Simon Kjaer - 6 - Developed a combative centre-back partnership with Jorgensen and despite an early hiccup, the dynamic duo were formidable for most of the match.
Schmeichel went the right way and grasped hold of the ball. Croatia have impressed with their attacking abilities whereas Denmark have been a flawless mix of creative play and a pragmatic approach.
That apart, it was an uneventful start to the second half with none of the frenetic pace that had characterised the beginning of the first, Knudsen crossing towards Andreas Cornelius but Subasic claiming. He wasn't just an effective attacking outlet, but an extra defender as well.