Croatia Beat Denmark On Penalties To Reach World Cup Quarter-Finals

Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen shouts during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

They have both only reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup once, with one guaranteed to make just their second appearance.

After a tense affair at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Croatia book their quarter-final ticket after beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties.

Neither team found a breakthrough and the match advanced to a penalty-kick shootout, were each side saved the first attempt before making their next two shots.

Croatia players celebrate after winning against Denmark.

44' - Mario Mandzukic, who scored Croatia's goal in the fourth minute, goes down with what appears to be an ankle injury.

The BBC and ITV are splitting World Cup TV coverage here in the United Kingdom, and the Croatia v Denmark clash has gone to ITV.

Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to set up a World Cup quarter-finals tie against hosts Russian Federation.

Spain's shock exit to Russian Federation has completely opened up this side of the World Cup draw.




29' - Two great chances for Croatia (first a shot by Ivan Rakitic and then one by Ivan Perisic) are defended well by Denmark. Martin Braithwaite, 20. Yussuf Poulsen, 21.

Age Hareide's Denmark side are extremely disciplined and hard to break down, pretty much the polar opposite of the disheveled Argentina side that Croatia made mincemeat of last week. Croatia's extra quality in midfield looked likely to win the day, but Denmark defended diligently and also created chances.

After 90 minutes, both teams were still level 1-1 and the game went into extra time. "I think we have better players than that team".

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, however, has warned his team-mates they will need to keep a close eye on Eriksen on Sunday.

The penalty was awarded after Danish star Mathias Jorgensen cynically brought down Ante Rebic in the penalty area after the Croat broke free in a streaking run that beat the goalkeeper to leave an exposed goal.

Three minutes of added time, Denmark have plenty forward trying to pinch a victor.

Before Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, Knudsen had played just one game for Denmark in the past three years, and that was a friendly to boot. Modric to take, the cross is hit with real power, finding Lovren who can't get his flick-on on target.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring the team's first goal against Denmark during the World Cup round of 16 football match.

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