Danijel Subasic broke down in tears after being asked about his late friend on Tuesday
Danijel Subasic was full of raw emotion as he broke down in tears after being questioned about his late friend in a press conference on Tuesday.
Subasic’s friend, Hrvoje Custic, tragically passed away back in 2008 at the tender age of 24 after hitting his head on a railing during a football match.
Subasic’s friend, Hrvoje Custic, died in 2008 after hitting his head on a railing during a match
Subasic was speaking to the media ahead of Croatia’s quarter-final clash with Russia
Subasic was Croatia’s hero against Denmark, saving three penalties in the shootout
He burst into tears as he touched on the unpleasant subject before being consoled by a member of the Croatia camp as they previewed their quarter-final clash with Russia on Saturday.
The 33-year-old then bravely put the tears behind him to answer further questions at the press conference in Sochi.
Subasic, who was Croatia’s hero by saving three penalties in the shootout on Sunday evening in Novgorod, dedicated his match-winning performance to Custic.
Subasic talks to midfielder Luka Modric during Croatia training on Tuesday afternoon
Subasic takes a drink of his water as he gears up for the quarter-final clash with hosts Russia
The Monaco shot-stopper looked to the heavens after each penalty save and donned a vest underneath his playing top in memory of Custic.
Meanwhile, Croatia will fancy their chances of progressing to the World Cup semi-finals and beating Russia.
Russia saw off Spain in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, with Igor Akinfeev proving to be the hosts’ hero.
The Croatia World Cup squad are pictured warming up ahead of the session
Croatia defender Domagoj Vida heads a ball during the training session on Tuesday