World Cup 2018: Croatia v Denmark

Luka Modric's Croatia take on Christian Eriksen's Danes in Nizhny Novgorod

Patrick Madden Sun, Jul 1
 
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  • Good evening!

    Welcome to our coverage of Croatia's last-16 clash with Denmark (kick-off 7.0pm).

    Just incase you didn't realise, Spain are out of the World Cup - giving tonight's fixture a massively different complexion.

    One of Croatia, Denmark, England, Colombia, Sweden, Switzerland or Russia will be in the World Cup final.

    Simply put, the sides on this half of the draw will never get a better opportunity to make it to the world's biggest game.

    Out of those seven, Croatia are surely fvaourites to make it all the way. They have been one of the best sides on show this summer - making light work of Argentina as they topped Group D.

    Denmark have been a serious chore to watch, even with Christian Eriksen flashing sporadically. Don't expect any fireworks from them in Nizhny tonight.

    We'll be bringing you all of the action, as the drama continues to unfold in this special World Cup.

    Come on!!!

  • TEAM NEWS:

    Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic. Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.

    Denmark: Schmeichel, Knudsen, Kjaer, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Christensen, Delaney, Eriksen, Poulsen, Cornelius, Braithwaite. Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone,
    Sisto, Ronnow.

    Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

  • Croatia have been sublime in Russia thus far - Luka Modric has been the best player at the tournament. This midfield is unparalleled and they pack a punch going forward but the defence is vulnerable, particularly with Dejan Lovren at centre-half. Still, they are serious contenders to lift the trophy now.
  • 20 mins until kick-off!
  • With the greatest respect to Denmark they have been arguably the worst team to watch at this World Cup - their dead-rubber 0-0 draw with France was particularly dull.

    But, in Eriksen, they possess one genuine superstar. Coupled with a relatively sturdy defence they will be confident of holding Croatia out and looking for a sucker punch.

    Yussuf Poulsen returns to Age Hareide's side tonight after serving a one-match suspension.

  • The teams are out in Nizhny.
  • Croatia in their slick black kit, Denmark in white.

    BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

  • GOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!

    CROATIA 0 DENMARK 1 (JORGENSEN 1 MIN)

  • WOOOOOW! Denmark hurl a long ball into the Croatian box and it sparks chaos, Knudsen trying to to force the shot before Jorgensen shoots - Subasic can only turn it inside the post and over the line. That wasn't in the script.

    3 MIN: CROATIA 0 DENMARK 1

  • GOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

    CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1 (MANDZUKIC 5 MIN)

  • Instant response from Croatia. They burst down the right and it's worked to Vrsaljko in the box. He squares it and a Denmark clearance is deflected into the path of Mandzukic who scrambles it home. What a start.

    6 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1

  • 8 min: Now those early pleasantries are out of the way Croatia have slipped into a rhythm in midfield, knocking the ball around neatly.
  • 9 min: Another long Danish throw from the left - this time Croatia clear.
  • 10 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 11 min: Vrsaljko plays it to Rebic on the edge and he's felled by a clumsy Jorgensen challenge right on the edge of the box.

    Chance for Croatia from the free-kick - Perisic goes for power and hits Delaney in the wall.

  • 14 min: Croatia are slaughtering Denmark down the right, this time Modric gets to the byline - they're well on top now.
  • 16 min: Denmark trying to press in midfield but it's a thankless task.  
  • 19 min: After those early fireworks this has settled down a lot. Modric pulling the strings. Croatia want a penalty for a foul on Mandzukic at the back post. It's gone to VAR - no pen.
  • 20 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 22 min: A good run from Perisic on the left and he drills a good low cross into the box which is hacked clear. Denmark break and Eriksen picks it up between the lines for the first time - his low effort is deflected for a corner.
  • If that is true then Croatia deserve to win the World Cup and more.
  • 25 min: Denmark are sitting and slowing things down - I really love this World Cup but it would be nice if this one finished within the 90 minutes. . .
  • 27 min: Good play from Denmark and Eriksen works it round the corner to Braithwaite in the box - Subasic charges out to close down the angle well.
  • 29 min: Lovely pass from Modric to Rakitic between the lines. He dithers but then rasps a shot straight at Schmeichel. The Danish 'keeper then parries a follow up effort and Perisic makes a hash of his first-time effort in the box. Chance.
  • 30 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 31 min: Denmark have a corner from the right which Croatia can't clear properly. It's played back to Eriksen on the right and Subasic claims his cross. Glimpses for the Danes.
  • 33 min: Surging run from fullback Strinic into the box - he eventually over runs it and Schmeichel comes out to claim.
  • 36 min: Croatia dominating possession and probing away but Denmark are keeping them at distance for now.
  • 38 min: Dalsgaard fouls Rebic on the left. Modric over the free-kick. It's an excellent delivery but Lovren glances his header beyond the far post.
  • 40 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 41 min: Perisic has to react sharply to turn the ball away with Knudsen breaking on the left. Knudsen launches the throw into the box and Croatia clear.

    Denmark win it back and Eriksen finds Poulsen in the box. He takes the return ball and curls it beyond the af post and out for a goal kick.

  • 44 min: Good ball pulled back to the edge where Rakitic meets it but can only shoot straight at Schmeichel.
  • 46 min: Jorgensen has a nibble of Mandzukic after the ball had gone - the Croatian goalscorer needs treatment but will hobble on.
  • HT: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • Both sides will be happy enough with that.
  • The teams are back out for the second half - and we're back underway!
  • 46 min: A change for Denmark, Lasse Schone on for Christensen who was a bit overrun in midfield in the first half.
  • 50 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 51 min: Very sedate start to the second half.
  • 53 min: There's very little happening at the moment, which will suit the Danes down to the ground.
  • 55 min: Denmark are seeing more of the ball since the interval, Schone's introduction has helped. Croatia need to up the intensity.
  • 56 min: Good run from Poulsen down the right. His cross towards Eriksen is turned away by Vida. It falls for Braithwaite who takes a touch but then slices a shot miles wide. That was a chance.
  • 59 min: Teasing ball from Perisic towards the back post but Rakitic can't get there. Slightly better intent from Croatia.
  • 60 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 63 min: Poulsen is looking lively for Denmark, who've had the better of things since half time. They're growing in confidence.
  • 64 min: Perisic is played in on the left but runs it wide. He attacks Dalsgaard and cuts back onto his right, his corner deflected behind for a corner. Denmark don't fully clear and Rebis has a shot blocked from the edge.
  • 66 min: A change for Denmark, Cornelius replaced by Jorgensen.
  • 69 min: This is all a bit flat, Denmark are comfortable. Another extra-time special looks to be on the cards.
  • 70 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 71 min: A timely change for Croatia, brozovic replace by Mateo Kovacic - hopefully he can provide a bit of thrust in midfield. Croatia need it.
  • 72 min: Great chance for Denmark. Long ball from Kjaer to Poulsen. He finds Jorgensen in the box, who shifts onto his left but then shoots tamely at Subasic.
  • 75 min: This is incredibly flat. Both sets of players have obviously got Love Island on record.
  • 77 min: A glimpse for Croatia, the ball is played to the edge and is cleared as far as Modric but he drags his shot well wide. Moments later Rebic tests Schmeichel but it's a comfortable save.
  • 80 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • 80 min: Somebody do something, please.
  • 83 min: There's a lengthy break in play as Kovacic gets treatment. Croatia have a deep free-kick which Modric takes short. It's worked wide and crossed into the box - Perisic looping a header onto the roof of the net.
  • 85 min: Kovacic is fully recovered and he backheels the ball to Perisic from the byline. It's crossed beyond Rebic at the back post but he collects the ball and skins the full back - finally - before crossing low into the box. A shot from the edge is deflected behind.
  • 87 min: It sits up nicely on the edge for Schone but his half-volley is well wide.  
  • 89 min: Denmark have a throw in on the left - everybody is coming up from the back. It's beyond everybody and out for another throw - Knudsen strolls across to the other touchline to take. Croatia clear.
  • 90 min: Three mins injury time.
  • 92 min: Rakitic jink on the edge and fizzes a low shot towards the bottom left corner - Schmeichel was scrambling but it's a yard wide.
  • 93 min: Danish corner after a good intervention from Vida. Subasic punches it clear as far as Braithwaite - his volley is a yard wide.
  • FT: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1

    WE'RE GOING TO EXTRA-TIME - AGAIN

  • We're back underway!
  • ET 2 min: A long throw for Dennmark from the right. It's headed clear and Schone thrashes it back in - nearly falls for Jorgensen.

    Another long throw from the left - again, easily dealt with.

  • ET 5 min: Danish pressure, Eriksen crossing from the right towards Jorgensen. It falls for Braithwaite and his cross is cleared. Then Knudsen skins his man on the left and earns a corner - only one side looking likely.
  • ET 9 min: A long ball falls for Schone on the edge of the Croatian box. He shifts smartly onto his right but then pulls the effort wide.
  • ET 10 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • ET 11 min: Croatia are showing absolutely nothing at the moment. They look a shadow of the side who lit up the group stages.
  • ET 13 min: Kramaric is on for Perisic and he jinks on the left, getting to the byline and forcing Schmeichel to tip the ball over the bar. The corner nearly drops for Mandzukic but it's cleared.
  • ET 15 min: Modric hits the man on the front post with a corner. This is being played at walking pace.
  • ET HT: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • We're back underway! Sisto has come on for Denmark - he could really trouble a tired Croatia with his pace.
  • ET 16 min: Good first involvement for Sisto, who threads a good ball in for Jorgensen, but he can't find Eriksen on the edge.
  • ET 17 min: And Sisto is nearly the hero, scampering down the left and cutting back inside - putting his shot across goal wide.
  • ET 19 min: Badelj on for Mandzukic who has been isolated for most of the evening.
  • ET 20 MIN: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1
  • ET 22 min: Knudsen comes over to take a throw from the right. It falls for Jorgensen at the back post but he sends his effort wide falling away.
  • PENALTY TO CROATIA!!!!!!!!!!
  • ET 26 min: That's the chance. Modric threads the ball through for Kramaric and he's one on one with Schmeichel. He rounds the 'keeper and has an open goal - Mathias Jorgensen brings him down to give his side a lifeline. What a pass.

    Modric to take. . .

  • SCHMEICHEL SAVES THE PENALTY!!!!!!
  • ET 27 min: Wow. Schmeichel guesses the right way - poor penalty. This World Cup is bonkers. Even a stale game like this has a moment for the ages.
  • ET 29 min: Modric takes a touch and looks to make amends but his shot is straight at Schmeichel.
  • ET FT: CROATIA 1 DENMARK 1

    PENNOS PENNOS PENNOS!

  • Here we go. Eriksen to take first.
  • ERIKSEN MISSES! Big save from Subasic.

    DENMARK 0 CROATIA 0

  • Badelj to take Croatia's first. . .

    SCHMEICHEL SAVES!!!!!!

    DENMARK 0 CROATIA 0

  • Kjarer to take next for the Danes.

    SCORES! Thrashes it into the top bin.

    DENMARK 1 CROATIA 0

  • Kramaric for Croatia. . .

    GOAL! Sends the 'keeper the wrong way.

    DENMARK 1 CROATIA 1

  • Krohn-Delhi next for the Danes. . .

    SCORES!

    DENMARK 2 CROATIA 1

  • Here comes Modric.

    SCORES! Yikes that was close, Schmeichel dives beyond the ball.

    DENMARK 2 CROATIA 2

  • Schone for Denmark. . .

    SAVED!!! Poor penalty.

    DENMARK 2 CROATIA 2

  • Pivaric for Croatia. . .

    SCHMEICHEL SAVES!!! WOWWWWW!

    DENMARK 2 CROATIA 2

  • Nicolai Jorgensen up for Denmark.

    SAVED!!!!! Jorgensen checks his run and Subasic saves it down the middle.

    DENMARK 2 CROATIA 2

  • Rakitic to win it for Croatia. . .

    SCORES!!!!!!

    CROATIA WIN 3-2 ON PENALTIES!

  • CROATIA WILL PLAY RUSSIA IN THE QUARTER-FINALS OF THE WORLD CUP!
  • Right, I would hang around to bring you some post-match analysis but I'm struggling to type/see.

    We'll be back tomorrow for Brazil v Mexico and Belgium v Japan.

    Cya!