Again 1: 1 and the second penalty shootout for the day.
The Croatian national team held the first match of the World Cup soccer-playoffs at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium played a draw with Denmark 1: 1. In the penalty shootout the Croats defeated the Danes and passed on. July 7, they will play with the Russian national team in Sochi.
The Danes opened the scoring as early as the second minute – Matthias Jorgensen scored.
But the Croats played almost immediately when the striker of “Juventus” Mario Mandzhukich scored his goal on 4 minutes.
More team goals did not score and brought the game to extra time. On the 115th minute Croats earned a penalty, but the midfielder of Real Madrid’s Luka Modric could not beat Casper Schmeichel.
In the penalty shootout, goalkeepers of Denmark and Croatia have repulsed two penalties, but Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic managed to beat Schmeichel and bring his team to the quarter finals.
Russia and Croatia will play on July 7 at the stadium “Fisht” in Sochi. The match will begin at 21:00 Moscow time.