July 1, 2018 / 6:58 PM / 8 months ago

Early strikes leave Croatia and Denmark locked at 1-1

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Croatia vs Denmark - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - July 1, 2018 Denmark's Jonas Knudsen in action with Croatia's Ivan Perisic REUTERS/Carlos Barria

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia and Denmark were deadlocked 1-1 at halftime of a lively World Cup round of 16 clash at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday with both goals scored in the first four minutes.

Denmark went ahead after 57 seconds when Mathias Jorgensen scuffed the ball over the line off the foot of Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic but Mario Mandzukic soon had the Croats back on level terms with an equally scrappy finish.

The winners will play hosts Russia in the quarter-finals in Sochi on Saturday.

Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Kazan, editing by Christian Radnedge

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