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CRO vs DEN Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
3 - 2
AET 1 - 1
M. Mandžukić 4'
L. Modrić (PM) 116'
J. Pivarić (PM) 121'
L. Modrić (P) 121'
A. Kramarić (P) 121'
M. Badelj (PM) 121'
I. Rakitić (P) 121'
1' M. Jørgensen
121' N. Jørgensen (PM)
121' L. Schöne (PM)
121' M. Krohn-Dehli (P)
121' S. Kjær (P)
121' C. Eriksen (PM)
3-2 it finishes in Croatia's favour on penalties after the game was tied 1-1!
Rakitic steps up, can win it if he scores!
Subasic saves again!
Jorgensen steps up for Denmark...
Schmeichel saves! Long run up, good hit, but good save as well from Schmeichel! Still 2-2!
Pivaric steps up for Croatia...
SUBASIC SAVES! Brilliant save again!
Lasse Schone is up next for Denmark...
RELIEF FOR MODRIC as he hits it down the middle and scores! 2-2!
Modric steps up for Croatia, having missed one already...
Krohn-Dehli scores! 
Krohn-Dehli steps up for Denmark...
Schmeichel is off his line but Kramaric scores! Schmeichel is booked! The goal stands! 1-1!
Kramaric for Croatia...
WOOF! Kjaer leathers it into the roof of the net!
Simon Kjaer steps up for Denmark...
Saved by Schmeichel! With his feet! What a start to the shootout! 0-0 after round 1!
Milan Badelj for Croatia steps up...
Eriksen misses! Subasic with a stunning save! DAMN! 
Eriksen to take the first kick for the Danes...
Denmark to take the first penalty!
Peeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Penalties to decide who'll win this game! 
A minute has been added on...
120' GRR! Kramaric! Tries to bend one in from the edge of the box after a spell of Croatian possession but it's way over!
119' Modric tries to make amends with a shot from the edge of the box but it's not hit well at all as Schmeichel collects fairly easily...
118' Croatia recover and immediately dominate the ball. Wow, that save by Schmeichel was big! The Danes are under the cosh here though...
116' SAVED BY SCHMEICHEL! NO MODRIC! Schmeichel goes to his left and the penalty just wasn't good enough! He not only saves it but also hangs on to it! It was that bad a penalty! WOW.
113' Jorgensen with the shot! Just didn't have the balance while taking it and it's wide in the end! Good throw by Knudsen again...
112' Knudsen time again. Denmark get a throw on the right and it's amazing how he manages to eat so much time trying to get to the ball...
110' Good spell of passing for the Danes. Sisto again tries to make that run on the left with the ball, but the Croats manage to get it away.   
108' SISTO! Nearly! Jeez that turn was good. Showed his burst of pace on the left before flicking it backwards to sell the defender. His shot in the end is just wide! Not the curl he wanted...
106' Kovacic with a shot from the edge of the box! Did well to keep it and just flick the ball to his right before trying to let loose! Blocked by the Danes!
Peeeeeeeeeeep! And we resume! 15 minutes for either side to find a goal or let it go to penalties!
Substitution for Denmark

Braithwaite is OFF
Sisto is ON
Peeeeeeeeeeeep! Half time in added time!
105+1' Modric with the forward run this time as he picks up Mandzukic's knock down. He gets into the position from where he curled one in against Argentina, but this time, picks out a pass to Rebic. The latter's shot is blocked!
A minute has been added on...
103' You can tell the players are leggy as they attempt a few lofted passes trying to make something out of nothing. Eventually, Modric picks out Kramaric with a raking pass but the latter's cross is blocked for a corner. Poulsen heads the ball away from the corner...
101' Pivaric makes a pretty good run on the left but the cross is blocked well by Dalsgaard. The Croats win a throw and move the ball backwards...GRR! 
99' Schone turns Kovacic at the edge of the box with a little little flick to set it up for a right footed shot. He gets his shot away but it's just wide as the Croats get away with one.
98' Substitution for Denmark

Delaney is OFF
Krohn-Dehli ON
97' Substitution for Croatia

Perisic is OFF
Kramaric is ON
95' Knudson! Chance to cross twice in the space of a few seconds! The first one is blocked by the Croatian defence but he is there to pick up the rebound and try again! Same result! Throw in for the Danes! 
93' Denmark with the early impetus as Knudsen finds space in the left. His cross seems deep, but Poulsen rises to somehow manage a knockdown in the box. Croatia are able to clear it out though...
91' Peeeeeeeeeeeeep! Extra time begins. Fun fact: There hasn't been a single yellow card in the game yet...
Peeeeeeeeee! End of 90 minutes! Into extra time we go! Boy, this is going to be a long night if it isn't already!
90+3' Denmark get a late corner and boy was that close again! Eriksen's nice little delivery got the keeper to come out and punch it away. Braithwaite was there on the edge of the box to place a shot, but not quite!
90+2' RAKITIC WITH A SHOT FROM OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! Just wide! Good little move by the Croats who slowly crept up before Rakitic found space to take the shot...
3 minutes have been added on...
90' Knudsen with a long throw from the left that is cleared by the Croatian defence only for Denmark to get another on the right! Knudsen makes the long jog to the other end and puts another long throw into the box that is cleared by Kovacic in the end!
88' The Croatian midfielders decide to Rondo it in midfield and jeez, didn't they do that well? Nothing attacking wise, but something to raise the spirits in what has been a dull second half...
86' Kovacic makes a pretty good chase on the left to keep the ball in play and Perisic nearly gets to the ball. Denmark don't clear it well as Rebic makes a smashing run on the right, a few stepovers included, and puts a good cross into the box. Denmark's defence again clear it unconvincingly and Modric is there to smash the loose ball wide!
84' Modric takes a freekick short and Croatia work it around well for Pivaric to swing one in into the box. Perisic is there to connect at the near post, but the cross had to much on it and the Danes get away with it...
82' OUCH! That was a bad landing from Kovacic and it doesn't look like a good viewing on the telly. Might be going off here...
81' Substitution for Croatia

Pivaric is ON
Strinic is OFF
79' Croatia are plying it pretty safe as they pass it around, not trying to pick a wax-lyrical pass and run the risk of misplacing it and allowing Denmark to put the pressure again. 
77' OOOOH! LUKA! Sat up very nicely for him at the edge of the box but he miss hits it! Rarely get to see that! He is usually dead accurate!
75' JEEZ! Jorgensen again finds room on the edge of the box but doesn't take it first time! He waits for Eriksen to make the switch to the centre and lays it off for him. The latter's shot is too tame and out for a goalkick...WHY AREN'T THEY SHOOTING?
73' Poulsen again troubles the Croat defence as they just can't deal with his pace and touches on the ball. Poulsen's pass to Jorgensen on the edge of the box should have been taken first time, but he delays it and the chance is gone as the defence gets the tackle in...
72' That's a pretty positive sub for the Croats as they look to Modric to drop deeper and Kovacic help them break forward...
71' Substitution for Croatia

Brozovic is OFF
Kovacic is ON
69' Good little move by the Danes as they keep the ball and slowly attack the deep Croatian side. Poulsen tries a stepover or two but just doesn't get the gap is was looking for on the right and the Croats get it away!
67' Perisic with a smart little run on the left as Knudsen did well to again find him and take a long throw. He picks up the ball but in the end is stopped by Kjaer. He wants a foul, the ref asks him to get the hell up!
66' Substitution for Denmark

Cornelius is OFF
Jorgensen is ON
64' Perisic with a good run on the left and he wriggles free from one before getting his shot away. It's well blocked by the Danish defence...
63' Delaney with a brilliant run! Well, that was all about his touch and ability to shield the ball. Showed power and finesse, but the cross in the end is blocked inside the penalty box!
61' JEEZ! What a ball by Kjaer to find Poulsen on the right. A long 60 yarder that. Poulsen's pace and control got him the ball and he drifted in to combine with Cornelius. The one-two nearly works but the touch of Poulsen is too heavy and the Croats get it away...
59' OOOH Perisic! Croatia kept creeping up there with their passing around the midfield before a delightful Perisic run opened it up. His cross is too long for the duo of Mandzukic and Rebic!
57' Croatia try to rally, moving the ball quickly in the midfield. Haven't had any runs from the fullbacks or wingers for Modric to pick out those raking crossfielders so far!
56' SMASHING BLOCK BY VIDA! Poulsen's breezy run on the right wasn't dealt well by the fullback and Vida had to intercept to keep Cornelius from tapping it in!
55' Not the start we had in the first half as both teams are very cautious. None of that highline stuff at all...
54' More possession for the Danes who have seen a lot of the ball in the last few minutes...
53' AH! A patient Danish move comes to and end as the Eriksen's inward pass from the left was held on well by Braithwaite. His through ball for Knudsen is just overhit...
52' Rebic is now having to drop deep to receive pass as Denmark have pushed up. A see-saw start to the second half here...
51' The Danes now get their spell of possession in the midfield after a Poulsen run. That sort of pushed the Croatian defence back as they try to see out Danish attack...
50' And Mandzukic offside! Good pass by Vrsaljko to pick out Mandzkuic but the forward had just move a tad ahead of the last man and the linesman raises his flag...
49' More of the same again as Croatia pass it around in their own half...
48' Croatia now keeping hold of the ball, waiting for the Danes to press them. A lot more spread out the play now as the midfielders are dropping deep...
47' Early scurry of passes in the midfield as both the teams try to get it moving forward...a pretty exciting start this...not the lousy passing at the back that we see in the early sages of the second half...
46' Perisic gets shot away in the opening minute. He was off balance and skies it as Denmark have an early goalkick...
Peeeeeeeeeeeeee! The second half is underway! Croatia get us started, shooting from right to left...
Substitution for Denmark

Christensen it OFF
Schone is ON
Lasse Schone is set to come on for the Danes...
Peeeeeeeeeeeeep! Half time! A first half with a whirlwind start as we saw two goals in the opening four minutes. The game has promised a lot but we haven't had any more drama after that. Croatia have tested the keeper but haven't been able to find the second goal. The Danes have that threat up top always with pace to burn...

The second half in a few...1-1...
A minute to be added on as Mandzukic receives treatment for a challenge. Seems a bit worrying...
45' RAKITIC WITH THE SHOT! Saved easily! Jeez, good little pass from Modric to pick up Strinic on the left and his pass to Rakitic was nicely weighed. The Barca man's curled shot from the edge is read well by Schmeichel who gets down to save...
44' Croatia pass it around in their own half as they try to see out the threat Denmark have provided in the last few minutes...
43' UFF, Eriksen! Almost Ronaldinho esque from open play as he tries to give the keeper the eye and curl one in into the far post! It comes off the frame of the bar!
42' That's more like it.  The Danes switch it wide and get a throw in as Knudsen takes a long one into the box...
41' AH. They play it short and Croatia quickly get back in shape. Why? Just put it into the box!
40' Mandzukic does well to hold the ball in the Danish half after a good pass from Vrsaljko, but he isn't able to pass it and the Danes get a throw in... Denmark break and win a freekick in the Croatia half...
39' LOVREN! NEARLY! Jeez what a ball from Modric again as he fizzed that in with pace. Lovren leapt well but just couldn't cleanly connect and the Danes get away with it...
38' Freekick to Croatia in a dangerous position. Dalsgaard just couldn't deal with Rebic's quick feet and brings him down eventually. Modric on the ball with Lovren and Vida in the box...
37' Kjaer with a nice little pass from his own half to pick out Poulsen who controls it very well. But there are too many black shirts and he is forced to play it back. Good defensive structure from the Croats...
36' Croatia have seen plenty of the ball but Schmeichel hasn't necessarily haven't had too many saves to make. Very direct but not all that effective...
35' Ai! Eriksen sees glory, but can't quite implement what he dreamt of. Wayward shot, goalkick to Croatia.
34' UFF. Strinic decides he's El Diego and makes a slalom run on the left. He beats one, two but the final touch is heavy and Schmeichel comes out to collect. 
33' The Croatian midfielders aren't sticking around as they seem to get rid of the ball very quickly in the attacking half. That has worked as Denmark haven't had the time to settle and build their shape at the back...
32' DAMN! Denmark again exploit the wings with Braithwaite making a good run to put the cross in. Subasic this time comes out to collect ahead of Cornelius...
31' Corner to Denmark! Good move again as Vida had to get it away before Cornelius could get his head on a good Dalsgaard cross!
29' This isn't really a cagey game yet as the Danes are still pretty shaky at the back . But they have a threat of their own with their forwards who are pretty quick!
28' OOH Croatia! A flurry of chances! First Rakitic with a testing shot from the left. The shot was blocked by the keeper but parried into Mandzukic's path. The Juve man again takes a shot, that was deflected to Perisic's path. Perisic then takes two shots but both of them were miss-hit and then Danes get away with it! Goalkick! 
27' Braithwaite tries to maraud his way through the Croatia defence but his run is stopped by Lovren. Denmark pick the second ball through Delaney, who picks a pass to Eriksen. The Spurs man smartly finds Braithwaite with a defence splitting ball and the striker's shot is just wide! Sweet one-touch move that!
25' Croatia with the ball in their own half as they try to probe for an opening. Modric then nonchalantly just swings his left foot and finds Rebic with a pass! Knudsen is there to get the block and a throw in...My my Modric. What a pass again...
24' A lot of hoofball 101 from the Danes as they are trying to evade the Croatia midfield press with one long pass. The problem is, every time they win the header, there is no one to pick up the second ball and trouble the Croatian defence...
23' Denmark play it short. Shouldn't have. Croatia immediately apply the press and force Christensen into playing it backwards...
23' Corner to Denmark! From one end to the other! Eriksen had time and space to pick out Poulsen on the right but he takes the shot on and it is deflected for a corner...
22' Perisic does a couple of stepovers before fizzing in one into the box from the left, but the Denmark defence does well to get it away...
21' Croatia have shown plenty of quality after going behind. Denmark playing a very reactive game here but just don't have that quality in midfield to pick a pass...
20' A moment of controversy there as Mandzukic was held by Knudsen. The VAR confirmed it was too soft and the ref waves play on...
20' My My, Luka. Smashing pass from the midfield to find Perisic but the winger sees glory and takes a shot that was blocked in the box...
19' Denmark attackers nearly combine in the attacking half but the Croatian defence is extremely wary. They need to get Eriksen involved more in the final third...
17' Again, Vrsaljko and Rebic nearly combine well. The Atleti man receives a pass, picks Rebic who drops deep and vacates the space for the other to run into, but Rebic just isn't able to turn quickly and make the return pass...
16' Denmark's ball retention has been zero, really. Croatia are very well positioned in midfield and every time Denmark clear it, they immediately win the second ball...
15' Modric was in a good position after combine well with Vrsaljko, but his cross is blocked well by Knudsen. Croatia are doing very well to combine for those little deft passes in the attacking half...
14' Croatia are just so direct. Watching Spain was a pain in the last game, but Modric and Rakitic are just picking the runs of Perisic and Rebic with so much ease...
13' Lovren gets a head on it but not a clean enough touch to trouble the defence or the keeper as the Danes get it away...
12' UFF. Perisic's shot is headed away by Delaney for a corner! 
12' Perisic and Rakitic on the ball...
11' Freekick to Croatia in a dangerous position. Modric's touch just came before Jorgensen's tackle and the ref blows for a freekick. Just at the edge of the box this...
10' Modric tries to wriggle free in the midfield but is fouled by Delaney. Good defending, but just a tad overzealous. 
9' Got to feel for Christensen who was the unlucky defender during the clearance that fell to Mandzukic. Knudsen to take another long throw in this time from the left...
8' Possession for the Croatians as they probe the Danish defence, much more compact now, in search for the second goal. 
7' Cornelius tries to cut back in and put in a cross but it's overhit and Croatia have a goalkick...
6' Croatia seem to have a hold on things here as Modric and Rakitic are keeping it excellently in the midfield. Wow, what a game this is. Hope we haven't had all the goals already though!
HOLY MOLY what a game! That too came out of nothing! Jeez, Rebic and Vrsaljko combined well on the right after a wayward pass and the latter's cross was smacked on to his own defender by Kjaer. The rebound fell nicely for Mandzukic and he excellently slots it past a helpless Schmeichel! 2 goals in 4 damn minutes!
4' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Mandzukic levels it up!
3' The Croatians finally get a feel of the ball in their own half as they knock it around...
Might go on as an own goal! Wow! Denmark got a throw on the right, deep in the Croatian half and the long throw is not dealt with by the Croatian defence. Delaney tries to make something out of it, but Jorgensen takes it from him and takes a shot that is deflected off Subasic for a goal! What a start!
1' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! Jorgensen the centre-back scores for Denmark!
Peeeeeeeeep! Kickoff! Denmark get us started, shooting from right to left in their white shirt and red shorts. Croatia are in their changed away strip of all black!
Well, we had an eyesore when Spain took on Russia. Denmark have set up to frustrate Croatia, so let's hope the latter can somehow break the shackles and make it an open game...
Denmark have gone with a very solid formation here folks. They have what can be deemed as a five-man backline and the three forwards are a combination of physical presence and pace. The creativity and calmness of Eriksen and Delaney in midfield will be hard to stop on the break. Croatia have plenty of technicians in midfield and two really quick wingers in Perisic and Rebic, so it's going to be a pretty interesting game!

This is Amit Mishra, and I’ll be your host for the game! For feedbacks, you can reach me @DerStoic on Twitter or drop an email to Let’s hope for an open game, fellas!
Denmark and Tottenham star Christian Eriksen before the game, "It will bring together the whole country if we move on against Croatia. 

"It will lift the national spirit in the country. Had we gone home after the group matches, it would have been a scandal. Croatia are perhaps small favourites if you look at the clubs where the players come from. But I think we can settle it within 90 minutes."
Croatia vs Denmark - Confirmed Lineups

Croatia confirmed XI: Subasic, Strinic, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic

Denmark confirmed XI: Schmeichel, Zanka, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Knudsen, Delaney, Eriksen, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Cornelius
Croatia vs Denmark - Kickoff Information

Date: 1st July 2018
Kickoff time: 19:00 (BST), 23:30 (IST)
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 
Live Stream: SonyLIV

Croatia vs Denmark - Team News

It’s been a rip-roaring start to the round of 16 and quite a few presume Croatia’s clash against Denmark isn’t going to live up to the same quality as the rest of the games. However, both the sides have quite a few star players who can turn it on.

Croatia rested a few players for their final group game against Iceland and still managed to win the game. The likes of Pjaca, Badelj, Kovacic, Corluka and Jedvaj got a few minutes but are expected to drop back to the bench as manager Zlatko Dalic is likely to recall the key players.

Who are the players expected to return? Mario Mandzukic will lead the line, Ivan Rakitic will return to partner Modric in midfield while Vida and
Lovren will return to line up at the heart of the defence. Vrsaljko got a well-earned rest against Iceland and his pace on the flanks will be key against the Danes who play a compact game.

Denmark did well to stifle the French for any room and earned a place in the round of 16. Croatia will be more attacking in their approach, so the Danish defence will have to be on their game.

Yussuf Poulsen is expected to return after serving a suspension against the French. William Kvist seemed like he was set to miss the rest of the tournament, but could be in line to start if deemed fit enough.

Croatia vs Denmark - Probable Lineups

Croatia probable XI: Subasic, Strinic, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic

Denmark probable XI: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard, Delaney, Schone, Sisto, Eriksen, Poulsen, Jorgensen

Croatia vs Denmark - Form Guide

Croatia: L-W-W-W-W
Denmark: D-W-W-D-D
I. Rakitić, Penalty
C. Eriksen
M. Badelj
S. Kjær, Penalty
A. Kramarić, Penalty
M. Krohn-Dehli, Penalty
L. Modrić, Penalty
L. Schöne
J. Pivarić
N. Jørgensen
L. Modrić
M. Jørgensen
M. Badelj
M. Mandžukić
P. Sisto
M. Braithwaite
M. Krohn-Dehli
T. Delaney
A. Kramarić
I. Perišić
J. Pivarić
I. Strinić
M. Kovačić
M. Brozović
N. Jørgensen
A. Cornelius
L. Schöne
A. Christensen
M. Mandžukić
M. Jørgensen
assist: T. Delaney
Denmark (4-4-1-1)
Åge Fridtjof Hareide (Manager)
D. Subašić
I. Strinić
D. Vida
D. Lovren
Š. Vrsaljko
M. Brozović
I. Perišić
I. Rakitić
L. Modrić
A. Rebić
M. Mandžukić
K. Schmeichel
J. Knudsen
M. Jørgensen
S. Kjær
H. Dalsgaard
M. Braithwaite
T. Delaney
A. Christensen
Y. Poulsen
C. Eriksen
A. Cornelius
Denmark (4-4-1-1)
Åge Fridtjof Hareide (Manager)
Croatia Subs
M. Badelj
F. Bradarić
T. Jedvaj
L. Kalinić
M. Kovačić
A. Kramarić
D. Livaković
J. Pivarić
M. Pjaca
D. Ćaleta-Car
V. Ćorluka
Denmark Subs
K. Dolberg
V. Fischer
N. Jørgensen
M. Krohn-Dehli
W. Kvist
J. Larsen
L. Lerager
J. Lössl
F. Rønnow
L. Schöne
P. Sisto
J. Vestergaard
20 SHOTS 14
5 FOULS 19
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - 8th Finals
Stadium Stadion Nizhny Novgorod
Match time Sun, 01 Jul 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jul 02, 2018 02:16 AM | Published: Jul 02, 2018 01:21 AM