NIZHNY NÓVGOROD –
Danijel Sucasic saved three penalties in a definition from the 12 steps and put Croatia on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, where he will face Russia.
The regulation 90 minutes and an extension of 30 ended 1-1, after two early goals and that Kasper Smeichel cut a penalty to Luka Modric.
And in the penalty shoot-out Sucasic dressed as a hero by containing the shots of Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen.
The roatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic, saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod. Russia, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
Schmeichel contained another two shots, but fell short.
Croatia will play now with a Russia that a few hours ago eliminated Spain by winning another penalty shoot-out after the match and an extension also ended 1-1.
Danish defender Mathias Jorgensen opened the score in the first minute, after the Croatian defense could not clear a long sidearm, and Mario Manzukic equalized two minutes later, when a rejection of one defender hit the face of another and left him ball served to the Juventus striker.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel loses a penalty shot from Croatian Ivan Rakitic after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia , on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
Croatia missed the opportunity to avoid penalties from just 12 steps to 115, but Schmeichel guessed the intention to Modric and cut him off, throwing himself to his left. Modric took revenge after beating him in the definition from the 12 steps, although with a bit of luck, since his shot was low and in the middle, and almost stopped.
The Croatian team was a shadow of the team that defeated Argentina 3-0 and raffled the first round with three wins, giving the reason to those who predicted that it could be one of the surprises of the tournament.
At no time showed the fluid play of his previous presentations to a Denmark that emphasizes the defense and closed all spaces. Modric made his usual generous display, as did Ivan Rakitic, the most dangerous player on his team with long distance shots. Two motivated lucid Schmeichel lucid interventions and a third passed very close to a post.
Denmark players react after losing the round 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo / Martin Meissner)
But the rest of the team fell into the web that the Danes wove, who imposed their game based on brand and pelotazos. They tested Sucasic just a couple of times, he did not let himself be surprised.
Both teams looked conservative, more concerned not to lose than looking for the opposite goal, and the game went well without risky actions against the frames.