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The goalkeepers from Croatia and Denmark had to take centre stage on Sunday even as 120 minutes of intense football failed to produce a result in the fourth round of 16 clash between Croatia and Denmark at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday night.

Croatia and Denmark’s fates rested on Danijel Subasic and Kasper Schmeichel’s shoulders respectively after the match finished 1-1 in regulation time.

Two chaotic goals in the opening four minutes made for a rollicking start at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. However, it proved a false dawn as the spectacle faded with both sides choosing caution as their priority given the rare chance to reach the last eight at a World Cup.

What transpired in the final fifteen odd minutes of the game will probably go down in history as one of the best and most dramatic penalty shootouts ever witnessed in a World Cup match.

Subasic tipped the first penalty of the shootout from Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen onto the post. He then dived to his right to save an attempt from substitute Lasse Schone. Finally, he used his feet to block Nicolai Jorgensen’s attempt.

“He was a hero tonight,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “He saved three penalties in a shootout. You don’t see that every day.”

Subasic became only the second goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup, matching the feat of Portugal keeper Ricardo against England in 2006.

Kasper, son of the legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, had already saved a penalty in the 116th minute from Luka Modric to keep Denmark in the contest and take the match into the penalty shootouts.

With his father cheering from the stands, Kasper stepped up and went to his right to save Milan Badelj’s low shot with his legs. He then conceded two goals before diving to his right to save Josep Pivaric’s shot.

It was only in the sudden death that Subasic managed to save the shot from Nicolai Jorgensen while Kasper conceded against Ivan Rakitic triggering massive celebrations in the Croatian camp.

Speaking after the match, a disappointed Schmeichel said: “It is a strange feeling. There is enormous disappointment but also huge pride in our performance. We had the opportunity and I think we were the better team in the second half. It is hard to put all the emotions into words at the moment.”

Subasic’s three saves and Schmeichel’s two made it the most combined saves in a World Cup shootout.

In the end as one goalkeeper leapt with joy the other fell on his knees. Denmark coach Age Hareide perhaps summed up Kasper’s performance in the best possible way.

“I am so sorry for Kasper and the whole team. That’s just the brutality of football,” a distraught Hareide concluded.

It was also the second successive match which went into penalties as Russia knocked out 2010 champions Spain in a dramatic shootout just hours before in Moscow.

The match finished 1-1 in normal and extra-time which meant David de Gea (ESP) and Igor Akinfeev (RUS) had to carry the fate of their respective teams in the shootout.

Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russia a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score.

De Gea, the Manchester United star and labelled as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, failed to stop a single shot as the Russians converted four penalties before Akinfeev used his foot to get the victory.

Speaking after the match, a disappointed Schmeichel said: “It is a strange feeling. There is enormous disappointment but also huge pride in our performance. We had the opportunity and I think we were the better team in the second half. It is hard to put all the emotions into words at the moment.”

Subasic’s three saves and Schmeichel’s two made it the most combined saves in a World Cup shootout.

In the end as one goalkeeper leapt with joy the other fell on his knees. Denmark coach Age Hareide perhaps summed up Kasper’s performance in the best possible way.

“I am so sorry for Kasper and the whole team. That’s just the brutality of football,” a distraught Hareide concluded.

It was also the second successive match which went into penalties as Russia knocked out 2010 champions Spain in a dramatic shootout just hours before in Moscow.

The match finished 1-1 in normal and extra-time which meant David de Gea (ESP) and Igor Akinfeev (RUS) had to carry the fate of their respective teams in the shootout.

Akinfeev saved two shots during the shootout, while all of his teammates scored to give Russia a 4-3 advantage after a draw that was dominated by Spain in every way but the 1-1 score.

De Gea, the Manchester United star and labelled as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, failed to stop a single shot as the Russians converted four penalties before Akinfeev used his foot to get the victory.

 

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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