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Croatia 1 (3) - 1 (2) Denmark at the FIFA World Cup 2018
Croatia: Danijel Subašić, Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Strinić, Dejan Lovren,
Domagoj Vida; Ivan Rakitić, Luka Modrić (capt), Marcelo Brozović,
Ivan Perišić; Ante Rebić, Mario Mandžukić
Top goals by Croatian players in 2017
Luka Modrić, captain of Croatian team
It was a full day of penalty-kick drama at the World Cup, with Croatia advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals by outlasting Denmark in a shootout just hours after Russia had done the same to beat Spain in a huge upset. Combined, the two games offered a remarkable number of saves in one-on-one, high-wire confrontations.
The Croatia-Denmark game, in Nizhny Novgorod, started with a stunning outburst, both sides scoring within the first four minutes. But the last 116 or so mostly had defensive play, plus plenty of missed shots.
Denmark went ahead in the very first minute after a huge throw-in by Jonas Knudsen sent the ball into the penalty area, where Croatia was in some disarray. Thomas Delaney got a touch and nudged it to Mathias Jorgensen, who took a shot; it bounced off a couple of Croatian players, including the goalkeeper, and went in.
Croatia's answer three minutes later was also bizarre. Henrik Dalsgaard of Denmark attempted to clear the ball, but he spanked it right into the head of his teammate Andreas Christensen. It caromed back to the Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who accepted the gift and scored from a couple yards out. It was 1-1.
But the furious scoring pace didn't last, as the game petered out. Both sides, especially Denmark, focused on defense, and any chances that materialized were squandered, sometimes badly. Finally, for the second time on Sunday, a World Cup knockout game went to extra time.
With four minutes left in the added periods, Croatia had a tantalizing opportunity to win it outright. Croatia's Luka Modric passed from the halfway line to a streaking Ante Rebic. He beat the Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, and raced toward the goal unimpeded. Jorgensen, the Danish defender rushing in from behind, had little choice but to bring down Rebic, and it was an easy penalty call for the referee.
But Modric's penalty kick was not strong, and Schmeichel came up with a huge save, holding onto the ball to prevent a rebound.
And so the two teams went on to the second penalty shootout of the day,which turned into a display of solid goalkeeping guesswork. Each side had two of its first four shots blocked, which actually gave Schmeichel three penalty saves, counting his previous one on Modric.
Then came the fifth round of the shootout. Nicolai Jorgensen's bid to score for Denmark was saved by Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic - his third save in the shootout. It was up to Schmeichel to yet again come through for Denmark and keep the shootout going. But Ivan Rakitic, the Barcelona star, fired the ball past him, and Croatia was through to the next round.
Croatia must be excited about a matchup with host Russia in the quarterfinal next Saturday. But on the evidence of this game, Russia may be excited about the matchup, too. And in any case, both teams can thank their goalies for stellar work in the shootouts. They kept both Russian and Croatia alive.
international sailing competition organized in 2009 in Copenhagen in Denmark.
Some connections between Croatia and Denmark
This paper attempts to provide the descriptions of the first king of the Scandinavian (Kalmar) Union, Erik VII of Pomerania's travels through Croatia and his visit to Dubrovnik on his way to the Holy Land and back to Denmark, 1424-1425. The relationship between King Erik and his emissary to Venice, Croatian count Ivan Anž Frankopan is described.
The ancient city of Salona near Split, is the most important Early Christian archeological site after Rome. It was described in a monograph of the famous Danish architect and archeologist Ejnar Dyggve (1887-1961), "History of Salonitian Christianity", Oslo, 1951 (Croatian edition by Knjizevni krug, Split, 1996).
Ejnar Dyggve (1887-1961), distinguished Danish historian and archaeologist,
important for his scholarly studies of southern parts of Croatia.
The octagonal Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian was transformed into the Christian church of St Dominius (Dujam) already in the 7th century, representing very probably the oldest cathedral in the world. According to Danish scientist Ejnar Dyggve, St Dominius (Dujam), the earliest known bishop of Salona (4th century), originated from Syria or Mesopotamia. Local Split tradition also confirms this.
Professor Balthazar, Zagreb, a Croatian trademark
Very popular Croatian cartoon character in numerous European countries is Professor Balthasar, particularly in Scandinavia. In Denmark, for example, some computer companies are named after Professor Baltazar.
There have been attempts to create 3-dimensional version of Professor Balthasar, like this one in Denmark (source):
Der blev i 1970'erne lavet 60 afsnit af tegnefilmserien "Professor Balthazar" af den kroatiske tegner/forfatter Zlatko Grgic for Zagreb Film.
'Professor Balthazar' is een geniale uitvinder. Hij bouwt de gekste machin's; zo drijven mechanische voeten zijn motorscooter aan en om te vliegen gebruikt hij een omgebouwde wasmachine, die door een kleurrijk windwiel wordt aangestuurd. Als hij weer eens met een probleem wordt geconfronteerd, rust hij niet voordat hij een oplossing heeft bedacht.
'Hij dacht na... en dacht na... en dacht na... en dan, "EUREKA!", had hij een idee!' Professor Balthazar loopt naar zijn fantastische wondermachine, die als oplossing uiteindelijk een druppel van een wonderbaarlijke chemicalincocktail uitspuugt, die de dokter dan in een reageerbuis opvangt. Als hij de inhoud van de reageerbuis op de grond laat vallen, dan ontstaat er als bij toverslag altijd precies dat, wat als oplossing nodig is. Meestal is dat weer een van zijn fantastische machines, die uit het wondermiddel ontstaat. En zo loopt alles altijd weer goed af...
A citizen of Copenhagen can see a Glagolitic abecedarium and a Croatian Glagolitic Missal in Det Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library) from the end of the 14th century, called the Copenhagen Missal. It is known that in 1499 the missal was in the town of Roč in Istrian peninsula, Croatia. Until 1839 the book was in the Royal Library in Vienna, Austria, and this library later donated it as a gift to the Royal Library of Copenhagen.
The Copenhagen Missal, end of 14th century, the Royal Library - Det Kongelige in Copenhagen. Many thanks to dr. Mladen Ibler, Denmark, for the photo.
Professor Blathazar's ingenious solutions, for those who can understand Persian (spoken in Iran).
The map of Croatia's capital Zagreb is available at 3:06.
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