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Peter Schmeichel loved his son's last-gasp penalty save from Luka Modric

Peter Schmeichel loved his son's last-gasp penalty save from Luka Modric

Follow along for live updates and highlights as Croatia and Denmark play for a spot in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals and a match against Russian Federation.

Liverpool defender Lovren glanced Luka Modric's free-kick wide late in the first period, before the sides played out a keenly-contested - and goalless - second half.

However, captain Luka Modric was unable to add to his tally at the tournament, as Schmeichel saved the spot-kick to force a penalty shootout.

After some comical defending at both ends and goals from Mathias Jorgensen and Mandzukic, the match became a tense affair with neither side giving much away.

But three minutes later Croatia were level, a neat build-up on the right resulting in an Andre Rebic cross that was half-cleared and rebounded to Mario Mandzukic, who steered it beyond Schmeichel. But Jorgensen saved what would have surely been a goal, and then his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel came to the rescue.

DF Ivan Strinic, 6 - Played a bit more offensively than usual and was decent at that, but struggled all game with trying to contain Denmark's key man, Yussuf Poulsen.

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"I was nine-years-old. I remember my mom screaming in the house when we scored", Lovren, said, thinking back to Croatia's 2-1 triumph over the Netherlands in the 1998 third-place match.

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"There has been a lot of comparison between those two teams", Inter winger Ivan Perisic said this week. However, its four matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup have produced 19 goals (seven scored, 12 conceded), an average of 4.75 per game.

There was an air of expectation that Croatia's "golden generation" of players, including Modric, Rakitic and Ivan Perisic, would rise to the occasion but there was little urgency, spark or flair about Zlatko Dalic's team after the early action.

65' - Croatia gets a chance with a well-placed corner, but the Denmark defense holds strong and clears the ball.

Denmark made a change at the break, bringing on Lasse Schone for Christensen as they sought to bolster their midfield, and within seconds of the restart Perisic was involved again but fired a speculative effort miles over.

Lack of system options in the buildup were evident as defenders often found themselves without proper passing options to start attacks.

Denmark struck first after 60 seconds.

105' - Substitution: Denmark's Pione Sisto replaces Martin Braithwaite.


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