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Croatia set up Russia W’Cup quarterfinal clash as Denmark crash out on penalties

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Croatia sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after seeing off Denmark 3-2 on penalties in their round of 16 clash on Sunday.

With the win, the Croatians set up a quarterfinal clash with hosts Russia, who defeated Spain also on penalties earlier on Sunday.

Mathias Jorgensen had helped Denmark go ahead early in the first half before an equaliser by Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic four minutes after, as the game ended 1-1 at full time.

Read Also: Hosts Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach W’Cup last 8

Croatia had the opportunity to take the lead during extra time, but Luka Modric had his penalty saved by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who won the man of the match award despite defeat.

And in the penalty shootout, Ivan Rakitic converted the decisive kick to send Croatia into the next round.

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three of the five Denmark kicks. Schmeichel also saved two in a dramatic shootout.

Croatia will face hosts Russia in the quarter-finals on Saturday, July 7 in Sochi.

 

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