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Subasic the hero as Croatia claim shootout win

World Cup 2018
Subasic the hero as Croatia claim shootout win

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After a thrilling start to the match, with both sides scoring in the opening four minutes, Croatia needed penalties to see off a brave Denmark side that played their most adventurous football of the competition but without reward.

The Danes opened the scoring in the opening minute, as Mathias Jorgensen shot though a sea of legs and saw the ball squirm under Danijel Subasics body and over the line. The Scandinavians joy lasted just three minutes. Presented with Croatias first chance, Mario Mandzukic tucked home a loose ball to restore parity.

Croatia became more dominant as the half wore on, with Luka Modric directing traffic from a more withdrawn position than in other games. Denmark had their chances, however, with Christian Eriksen clipping the crossbar.

The Scandinavians grew in belief as the minutes passed, but let themselves down with some wayward finishing. Short on energy, the Vatreni were unable to find the back of the net themselves, and the match ticked into extra time. Croatia tried to force the pace late on, and passed up a golden chance to win it when Kasper Schmeichel denied Modric from the spot with four minutes remaining. The Danes waited for the shootout, confident in Schmeichels penalty-saving expertise. The keeper stopped two, but Subasic went one better to take his side through.

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1 / 36 Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following against Denmark

01 Jul 2018

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JULY 01: Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following against Denmark

01 Jul 2018

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA - JULY 01: Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following against Denmark Luka Modric and Danijel Subasic of Croatia celebrate their victory following against Denmark

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