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Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard to have Southampton medical -- sources

Southampton are closing in on the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard, sources told ESPN FC.

Several Premier League clubs, including Everton, West Ham United and Watford, have been linked with Vestergaard, but Southampton are set to win the race for his signature, with the towering defender due for a medical on the South Coast on Monday.

Vestergaard was a member of Denmark's World Cup squad but did not feature in the tournament in Russia.

The 25-year-old is highly...

 By Reuters

Kasper Schmeichel: 'Strange feeling' to lose after penalty heroics

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said it was a "strange feeling" to exit the World Cup after stopping three penalties -- one in extra-time and two in the shootout -- as Croatia progressed to the quarterfinals.

Watched from the stands by his father Peter, Schmeichel denied Luka Modric late in extra-time to push the game to a shootout, where he also stopped shots from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric.

But his Croatia counterpart Danijel Subasic did him one better by equalling...

 By Lee Roden

Kasper Schmeichel 10/10 though Denmark lose on penalties vs. Croatia

Denmark pushed Croatia to the brink as it took a penalty shootout Sunday to separate the two teams in the World Cup last 16, with the Nordic nation succumbing only at the end, 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 tie over 120 minutes. Kasper Schmeichel will go home a hero regardless, saving an extra-time spot kick from Luca Modric, then two in the subsequent shootout to bring his country within an inch of the quarterfinals.

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The Danes finally turned up for the World Cup. Few expected Denmark...

Croatia gut out round-of-16 tie with Denmark on penalties to reach quarterfinals

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- Three quick thoughts from Croatia's 3-2 penalty shootout win over Denmark, after the pair finished 120 minutes level at 1-1 in their round-of-16 tie.

1. Croatia gut out attritional last-16 tie

This is called gutting it out. Croatia were stunned inside 60 seconds by an early Danish aerial assault as Jonas Knudsen's whipped throw-in reached Thomas Delaney, who simply screened the ball and left it to Mathias Jorgensen to poke it home. They found the equaliser almost...