Croatia is saved by Subasic (75) | 100 memorable World Cup moments
There are now only 75 days till the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.
FIFA+ is highlighting 100 of the greatest moments in FIFA World Cup history as we count down to the tournament’s commencement in Qatar on November 20.
If you image a Croatian hero from the most recent FIFA World Cup, it’s likely to be Luka Modric, a master of the midfield who won the adidas Golden Ball for his efforts.
However, no one stood up for the Vatreni more forcefully throughout the knockout rounds than Danijel Subasic. The goalie for Croatia twice emerged as their shootout hero, first stopping three penalties to halt Denmark in the round of 16, then stopping another to help the hosts be eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Subasic then equaled the mark set by Sergio Goycochea, Argentina’s hero in 1990, by stopping four penalties in a single round, becoming the first goalkeeper to do so since Portugal’s Ricardo in 2006 and saving three penalties in the same World Cup shootout.
The former Monaco player arrived in Russia with a well-deserved reputation as a penalty-saving expert after winning the award for best goalkeeper in Ligue 1 the previous season. He patiently served as Stipe Pletikosa’s deputy for many years, therefore the recognition he gained was likewise long overdue.
The first thing Subasic did after the World Cup was to retire from international football, despite the fact that he was still just 33 years old, scarcely old for a goalkeeper, and his stock had never been higher.
I want to give my teammates the opportunity to play for Croatia, just as I did after waiting for my moment.
“Perhaps there weren’t a lot of matches for me, but that’s less significant. What matters is that I am a contented and joyful man.
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