Fans react to blistering start in Croatia v Denmark

Jul 02, 2018, 00:30
Fans react to blistering start in Croatia v Denmark

116' - What a stop. A lovely through pass to Ante Rebic led to an obvious goal-scoring chance that was ruined by an intentional penalty in the box. Zanka is shown a yellow card. Next up was Milan Badelj for Croatia, but again the save was made with Schmeichel stopping the shot.

105' - Substitution: Denmark's Pione Sisto replaces Martin Braithwaite.

98' - Substitution: Michael Krohn-Dehli replaces Thomas Delaney. Led by Real Madrid's midfield lynchpin Luka Modric, Croatia also defeated Nigeria and Iceland to top Group D. The pre-quarter-final will be played at the same venue where the Croats thumped Argentina. We're going to extra time. We're 15 minutes away from a possible shootout.

Croatia should have too much for Denmark. He comes off the field for the time being.

Josip Pivaric (for Strinic 81) - 5 - Brought on for the tiring legs of Strinic and filled in at left-back comfortably.

Denmark rocketed into a 1-0 lead within the opening minute after Mathias Jørgensen converted Jonas Knudsen's long throw into the penalty box.

71' - Substitution: Croatia's Mateo Kovacic replaces Marcelo Brozovic.

That'll be the end of the first half.

Mario Mandzukic - 6 - A constant threat in the final third during the first-half, the Juve marksman caused the Denmark backline a number of problems with his presence, but his influence soon suffered as the Blazers entered the second half with less attacking intent. He limps off the field just before halftime.

After 20 minutes, Mandzukic went down under a challenge in the area after a cross from the left, but the referee waved play on and a VAR check confirmed the decision.

Dejan Lovren nearly got the second goal for the Croats seven minutes before the break with a glancing header that sailed just wide of the upright.

Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, whose family ties with Denmark great Peter have been well documented. Mario Mandzukic finishes with a lovely strike from the left side of the six-yard box.

We're back for the second half, will we see as explosive a start as we did in the first? Of Denmark's two goals at the tournament so far, Eriksen has scored one and assisted the other, which gives an idea of his importance to the team. Mathias Jorgensen sneaks one through after some juggling in the box.

"What I can say about Eriksen is he's a fantastic player, a world-class player".

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