Mario Pasalic scored an unplanned goal in the second half to give Croatia a 1-0 win in Denmark on Friday. Playmaker Luka Modric came off the bench to turn the game around for the away team.
It was the first time the Danes, who made it to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, lost points in this tournament, but the Croatians deserved the win after a solid defensive performance and some magic from Modric.
Denmark’s Andreas Cornelius had the best chances in the first half. His left-footed shot was blocked by the keeper, and three minutes later, a goal was ruled out because fullback Joakim Maehle had done something wrong before the goal.
When Modric came on as a halftime sub, things got better for the visitors. The midfielder took control of the game and made Kasper Schmeichel make a great save just after the hour mark.
Joachim Andersen, a defender for Denmark, was lucky to only get a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Andrej Kramaric a few minutes later. He flew into a sliding tackle that could have gotten him sent off.
Modric’s free-kick after that was deflected behind, and Pasalic scored the first goal with a shot between Schmeichel’s legs from the corner that Modric took. This was in the 69th minute.
Jonas Wind scored a goal for Denmark in the 87th minute, but it was ruled out because he was offside. Denmark still leads the group with six points from three games and will host second-placed Austria on Monday. Third-placed Croatia will travel to Paris to play bottom-placed France.