ZAGREB, July 2, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Thousands of Croatians celebrated their
team’s dramatic win against Denmark on penalties to reach the World Cup
quarter-finals on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero, saving three spot-kicks after the
match finished 1-1 following extra time.
“Croatia in a crazy drama broke Denmark with penalties and progressed to
the quarter-finals, Subasic hero of the match!” said the Tportal website.
“Subasic, who saved three penalties, was a hero, while Ivan Rakitic scored
the decisive penalty,” said the Vecernji List daily paper.
Fans watched the match live on giant screens throughout the country and
celebrated the 3-2 win on penalties.
“Subasic saved us! He was an absolute hero of this tough match!” Fran
Peric, 20, who watched the match in Zagreb, told AFP.
Fans, many of whom were dressed in Croatia’s red-and-white shirts, were
singing patriotic songs, lighting flares and waving Croatian flags.
“Subasic defends three penalties and leads ‘Fiery Ones’,” said the Sportske
Croatia can match the achievements of the 1998 team, who reached the semi-
finals, if they beat Russia in Sochi on Saturday.