Modric blushes spared as Croatia edge Denmark on penalties

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia scores his team's third goal past Wilfredo Caballero of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny
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02 July, 2018

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic got a hand to Jorgensen's toe-poke but effectively deflected the ball across his own line.

Croatia topped their group, winning all three of their group games.

With Messi and Ronaldo both out of the tournament, Croatia captain Luka Modric has risen to become a household name with stellar play.

The Barcelona midfielder's victor came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric.

Denmark coach Age Hareide acknowledged that his players are writing their names in the history of their national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but said they are focused on advancing as far as possible.

Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield duo of Modric and Rakitic.

Croatia's Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and teammates during training.

Ante Rebic - 6 - A relentless runner, the winger was a real livewire in the final third as his tireless energy kept the Denmark defence on their toes.

This means that Croatia will face Russian Federation in the quarter-finals later this week.

William Kvist is again a doubt for this match. Martin Braithwaite, 20. Yussuf Poulsen, 21.

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"Eriksen is a world-class player". They've already produced one of the most thrilling games of the World Cup, namely their 3-0 victory over a much-fancied Argentina side, although this match could well prove to be a tighter affair. Croatia won 3-0 in the group stages.

It was harsh on a Danish side that had fought so superbly, though Croatia would have felt hard done by if they had gone out after what was going to be a clear goal only resulted in a penalty which they subsequently missed in extra time.

Ten minutes from the end, Josip Pivaric came on for Ivan Strinic as Croatia made a change at left-back, and he was quickly into the action with a cross that Perisic headed over. Our guide reveals everything you need to know to watch the Croatia v Denmark game on TV and online - and best of all, it's free!

On the contrary, what a brilliant selfie op in what seems to me to be the selfie World Cup.

But he is confident of an improvement against Russian Federation to give Spain its first win against either a World Cup or European Championship host at the ninth attempt.

These sides have met each other five times.

29' - Two great chances for Croatia (first a shot by Ivan Rakitic and then one by Ivan Perisic) are defended well by Denmark. But the Croatians were in no mood to let Denmark enjoy the unprecedented lead for very long as they too found the net soon after. In an astonishing start to the match, both teams scored within four minutes via their first attacks. Denmark have scored the opener within the opening two minutes.

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.

However, they will come up against a Denmark team who have also not lost a match so far at the tournament.

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