Croatia win penalty shootout to reach quarter-finals

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Croatia beat Denmark Three-2 in a penalty shootout to achieve the quarter-finals of the International Cup on Sunday after the spherical of 16 conflict completed deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 mins and overtime on the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Football Soccer – International Cup – Spherical of 16 – Croatia vs Denmark – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – July 1, 2018 Croatia’s Danijel Subasic saves a penalty from Denmark’s Lasse Schone (no longer pictured) all over the shootout REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Croatia’s Luka Modric had the danger to ship his group right into a quarter-final in opposition to hosts Russia with a penalty 4 mins from the tip of overtime however Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his left to save lots of the spot kick.

A dramatic get started with two targets within the first 4 mins promised a full-blooded contest to make a decision who would meet Russia in Sochi on Saturday after the hosts beat Spain on consequences in Sunday’s early sport.

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Denmark went forward after 57 seconds when Mathias Jorgensen scuffed the ball over the road off the foot of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic however Mario Mandzukic had the Croats again on phrases with an similarly scrappy end 3 mins later.

The rest of the competition didn’t reside as much as the frenetic get started with the bodily Danes effectively nullifying the specter of the Croatian midfield that lit up the crowd degree of the event.

Writing by way of Nick Mulvenney in Kazan, enhancing by way of Christian Radnedge

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