The Vatreni celebrate in Zagreb

Sosa and Majer crush Denmark as Croatia reach the top


Sosa and Majer crush Denmark as Croatia reach the top
Photo by: Drago Sopta/HNS

In the penultimate Nations League Group A1 match, Croatia hosted Denmark in Zagreb, and won to reach the top spot in the group.

UEFA Nations League, Group A1. 
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb.

Referee: D. Massa (Italy)

Goals: 1:0 - Sosa (49'), 1:1 - Eriksen (77'), 2:1 - Majer (79')

Cautions: Perišić (36'), Kjaer (57')

Croatia: Livaković, Sosa, Gvardiol, Šutalo, Juranović, Kovačić (77' Majer), Brozović, Modrić, Perišić (71' Oršić), Pašalić (71' Vlašić), Kramarić (71' Petković). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Denmark: Schmeichel, Maehle, Kjaer (72' Jensen), Christensen, Andersen, Delaney (60' Hojlund), Hojbjerg, Wass (60' Kristensen), Eriksen, Skov Olsen (89' Dolberg), Braithwaite (59' Damsgaard). Head coach: K. Hjulmand.

Foto: Drago Sopta/HNS

Croatia national football team faced Denmark in its fifth UEFA Nations League encounter this year, in the final international break before the World Cup in Qatar.

In the first half, neither team has managed to break the defensive walls. Defenders Šutalo and Gvardiol tried two headers, while on the other side Livaković managed to stop dangerous efforts by Maehle and Eriksen.

Foto: Drago Sopta/HNS

Before kick-off, HNS president Marijan Kustić and technical director Stipe Pletikosa presented gifts to Šime Vrsaljko, who recently retired from international duty.

However, at the beginning of the second half, Sosa struck from the edge of the box and found the lower corner as Croatia took the lead.

Perišić, Modrić, and Kovačić followed suit, but couldn't find the target, and then Denmark managed to equalize, courtesy of a fantastic Eriksen effort on 77 minutes. 

Foto: Drago Sopta/HNS

Still, right upon his entrance, Majer finished a nice move by Oršić and Petković, with another low shot, and secured Croatia a valuable victory.  

In the other Group A1 match, France defeated Austria 2:0, with the Vatreni visiting Austria in Vienna on Sunday, while Denmark hosts France.

UEFA Nations League, Group A1:
1. Croatia 10
2. Denmark 9
3. France 5
4. Austria 4

Foto: Drago Sopta/HNS


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