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01st Jul 2018

WATCH: Denmark and Croatia treat us to two brilliantly ugly goals inside five minutes

An amazing start

Simon Lloyd

So far, the 2018 World Cup has let none of us down in terms of entertainment

The group stages were now done with, we’ve already had spoilt for drama in the first few knockout games. On Saturday, we saw a game that will live long in the memory between Argentina and France, followed by two easy on the eye goals from Edinson Cavani to help Uruguay knock out Portugal.

Sunday’s first game between Spain and Russia wasn’t quite as watchable, but the fact the hosts produced an upset to knock Spain out on penalties went some way to making up for this.

And so to the final game of the weekend: Denmark’s game with Croatia, where we didn’t have to wait long at all for the first goal(s).

Inside the space of five minutes, we’d seen two equally farcical goals, one for each side.

The first came within a minute. Croatia failed to deal with a long throw and the ball was eventually bundled in by Mathias Jorensen – Danijel Subašić in goal somehow not able to prevent it beating him.

Then, little over two minutes later, an equaliser.

Šime Vrsaljko’s low cross only found a Danish boot, but the attempted clearance was directed straight into the face of Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen. The ball fell perfectly for Mario Mandžukić, who was able to turn home.

What a start, eh?