Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates

Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates

Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates

Croatia have beaten Denmark in a penalty shootout to advance to the Fifa World Cup quarterfinals at Russian Federation 2018.

Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.

The match has been billed as a one-on-one battle between Modric and Eriksen, the star midfielders of their respective sides who have each impressed in Russian Federation. When Ivan Rakitić calmly buried the decisive penalty, the fans in Croatia immediately ignited flares to start one insane party.

It remained 1-1 midway through the first half.

With the match 1-1 after extra time, spot kicks were needed for the second time in the day to decide a last-16 tie.

After some comical defending at both ends and goals from Mathias Jorgensen and Mandzukic, the match became a tense affair with neither side giving much away.

Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield duo of Modric and Rakitic. The cross, though, sails wide right of the post after Dejan Lovren's header.

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Ten minutes from the end, Josip Pivaric came on for Ivan Strinic as Croatia made a change at left-back, and he was quickly into the action with a cross that Perisic headed over. They found the equaliser nearly straight away, with a spot of luck, as a Danish clearance ricocheted off Andreas Christensen and at the feet of Mario Mandzukic.

Modric stepped up but side-footed weakly and Schmeichel made the first of his three penalty saves on the night, all in vain, as his legendary goalkeeping father Peter punched the air in delight as he watched on in the stands.

Denmark, of course, have their own superstar in Tottenham's Christian Eriksson.

"We know that we don't seem like the most fearsome bunch to go up against", midfielder Thomas Delaney said.

45' - Substitution: Denmark's Lasse Schöne replaces Andreas Christensen.

Nicolai Jorgensen (for Cornelius 66) - 5 - Entered the fray in a like-for-like swap with Cornelius, and provided his side with an equally effective outlet up top. Subs - Krohn-Dehli 5, Schone 7, Jorgensen 5, Sisto 6.

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