Denmark player ratings as Kasper Schmeichel's heroics are in vain in defeat to Croatia

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Another dramatic encounter saw Croatia sneak past Denmark and into the quarter-finals of the World Cup via a penalty shootout on Sunday.

Mathias Jorgensen scored the opener in just 58 seconds to give Denmark the lead before Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute.

The score remained level at 1-1 until the end of extra-time as Kasper Schmeichel denied Luka Modric from the spot in the closing stages.

However, Croatia won the shootout 3-2 after Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks.

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Kasper Schmeichel – Nothing he could do about the equaliser but made a decent save from Rakitic along with a couple of other decent interventions. Heroically denied Luka Modric from the spot in extra-time before doing all he could in the shootout. 9

Henrik Dalsgaard – One shaky moment aside when he failed to deal with a square pass, was solid. Didn’t let Ivan Perisic get the better of him. 6

Simon Kjaer – Led by example. Made several clearances and after the equaliser, kept Mandzukic quiet. Scored emphatically in the shootout. 7

Mathias Jorgensen – Pounced early on to score the fastest goal of the tournament. A desperate lunge saw him bring down Ante Rebic in extra-time to concede a penalty and pick up a yellow. 5

Jonas Knudsen – Dangerous with his long throw-ins as the first led to the opener. Had his hands full with Ante Rebic’s relentless bursts forward down his side and coped well. 6

Yussuf Poulsen – One of the more lively attackers with his direct running making inroads. Set up Nicolai Jorgensen on one occasion. 6

Andreas Christensen – Was smacked in the face by a clearance which fell kindly for Mandzukic to score from to add insult to injury. Was replaced at half-time as Denmark looked for more legs in midfield. 4

Thomas Delaney – In a scrappy opening goal, his touch to bring it down before Jorgensen’s shot was classy. An accomplished all-round performance from the midfielder. 6

Martin Braithwaite – Ran the channels well but often lacked composure to deliver the final ball. 5

Christian Eriksen – Went close with a shot from range in the first half but couldn’t really get a hold of the game otherwise. His penalty was saved in the shootout. 5

Andreas Cornelius – Disappointing outing as he failed to hold up play and was rarely involved. 3

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Lasse Schone – Came on for Christensen after the break and added more energy to the midfield. 5

Nicolai Jorgensen – Was far better than Cornelius who he replaced in the 66th minute. A crisp shot could only find Subasic though. 6

Michael Krohn-Dehli – Introduced in extra-time to relieve Delaney and held his own. Scored in the shootout. 5

Pione Sisto – Was a real livewire when he was thrown on in the second half of extra-time. 6

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Watch: England more than just Harry Kane, says Colombia's Carlos Sanchez

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Harry Kane has five goals so far at the World Cup.

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez insists Harry Kane isn’t the only England player the South Americans have to be concerned with heading into their last 16 tie on Tuesday.

While Kane leads the race for the Golden Boot with five goals at the World Cup, Sanchez believes there’s plenty of quality throughout England’s side.

“[Harry Kane] is a player who is showing his quality in this World Cup. But we are not going to face Harry Kane, but the England team. It’s not just him, there are many other star players,” Sanchez said.

See Sanchez’s full comments ahead of the match-up in the video below.

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Croatia player ratings as Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic earns a 7 with the winning penalty against Denmark

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Another dramatic encounter saw Croatia sneak past Denmark and into the quarter-finals of the World Cup via a penalty shootout on Sunday.

Mathias Jorgensen scored the opener in just 58 seconds to give Denmark the lead before Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute.

The score remained level at 1-1 until the end of extra-time as Kasper Schmeichel denied Luka Modric from the spot in the closing stages.

However, Croatia won the shootout 3-2 after Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks.

STARTING XI

Danijel Subasic – Perhaps could’ve done better with the opener but it did come through a crowd. Was exceptional in the shootout, saving three times. 7

Sime Vrsaljko – Should’ve done more going forward, although he hardly put a foot wrong in defence. 5

Dejan Lovren – Went close with a header towards the end of the first half and made a few vital interventions. 6

Domagoj Vida – A remarkable 12 clearances from the centre-back to go with three interceptions. Dominant in the air as well. 7

Ivan Strinic – Like his opposite full-back, offered little in the final third. Was replaced by Josip Pivaric with 10 minutes of normal time to play. 5

Marcelo Brozovic – Not the best display from him as his defensive contributions weren’t enough to warrant his starting berth. Replaced in the 71st minute. 4

Ante Rebic – Industrious as ever on that right flank and played a part in the equaliser. Always a willing runner and did well to win the penalty deep into extra-time. 6

Luka Modric – Wasn’t flawless in possession as he gave it away more than usual but always tried to play the forward pass. Great free-kick that was nearly steered in by Lovren. Superb through ball to Rebic who won the penalty in extra-time but, having stepped up, Modric couldn’t convert it. Just about scored in the shootout. 5

Ivan Rakitic – Sprayed the ball around well and had a couple of efforts at goal, one producing a good save from Kasper Schmeichel. Had the most passes and was composed in possession. Scored the winning penalty. 7

Ivan Perisic – Had a few of sights at goal but couldn’t make the right connection with none of his six efforts testing Schmeichel. 5

Mario Mandzukic – Ensured his side responded immediately to an early setback, pouncing on a fortuitous ricochet. Even that finish was hit into the ground though and he went missing for the rest of his outing. 5

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Mateo Kovacic – Came on for Brozovic but while he didn’t do much wrong, failed to make an impact. 5

Josep Pivaric – Introduced in the 81st minute and whipped in a couple of dangerous crosses. 6

Andrej Kramaric – Took to the field in the 97th minute in place of Perisic and had Schmeichel scrambling to deal with a cross. Scored in the shootout. 6

Milan Badelj – Replaced Mandzukic in the first half of extra-time. Missed in the shootout. 4

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