Croatia outlasts Demark in shootout, to face Russia in Planet Cup quarterfinals
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia –  Danijel Subasic saved three penalties to assist Croatia reach the Planet Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 shootout victory over Denmark following a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty following Subasic had used his feet to cease an try from Nicolai Jorgensen.
Croatia captain Luka Modric, who also scored in the shootout, had a likelihood to put his team ahead late in injury time but his penalty was saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Croatia will subsequent face host Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Sochi.
Denmark took the lead in the first minute when defender Mathias Jorgensen scrambled in a shot that went in off Subasic’s left hand and then the left post. It was Denmark’s quickest ever World Cup goal.
Croatia equalized in the fourth minute with another untidy objective at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Henrik Dalsgaard’s clearance hit a teammate and fell for Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic to hook the ball in.
The teams stayed even for the subsequent 116 minutes, such as the 30 minutes of further time.
Published at Sun, 01 Jul 2018 21:45:00 +0000