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Kasper and Denmark should be so proud, maintains Schmeichel

By Robert Jones

Peter Schmeichel has urged his son Kasper and his Denmark team-mates to look back on their World Cup campaign with pride in the wake of a heartbreaking exit.

The Danes' adventure ended in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday evening as they lost 3-2 on penalties to Croatia after their last-16 tie had finished level at 1-1 after extra time.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved Luka Modric's penalty with six minutes of the extra 30 remaining, and then denied Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric in the shoot-out, but still finished on the losing side.

His father, a former Manchester United star and European Championship winner with Denmark in 1992, tweeted yesterday: "Lost for words. Can't be more proud of my country, my son, his team-mates, all the staff and our fantastic national coach Age Hareide. When all the tears have dried out we will realise how well we did."

• NORTHERN Ireland Under-17s goalkeeper Ollie Webber has signed his first professional contract with Premier League side Crystal Palace.

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