Subasic saves 3 in shootout, Croatia advances at World Cup

Christian Eriksen of Denmark throws his shirt to the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

Christian Eriksen of Denmark throws his shirt to the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

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

There was an element of comedy to the fourth-minute equaliser for Mario Mandzukic as Denmark's early advantage quickly disappeared.

Mario Mandzukic had the Croats back on equal terms just three minutes later with an equally scrappy finish.

With Messi and Ronaldo both out of the tournament, Croatia captain Luka Modric has risen to become a household name with stellar play.

The Barcelona midfielder's victor came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric.

Wow. Hosts Russia have stunned the footballing world this morning, eliminating 2010 champions Spain through a penalty shootout to book their quarter-final spot.

It has been a long wait for both these sides to enter the knockout phase with Denmark last qualifying from their group in 2002 while Croatia did the same last in 1998.

"We've played fantastically in the group stage, we must be proud of that, but this new game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we've already done to Sunday's game". The Scandinavian side are expected to stick around with Martin Brathwaite ahead of Yussuf Poulsen.

Croatia players celebrate following their sides victory in a penalty shoot out. A long throw-in fell for Mathias Jorgensen by the far post, and he squeezed his left-footed chance through traffic for the first worldwide goal of his career to cement a dream start for the Danes.

Croatia had a chance to take the lead late in the game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but Luka Modric's penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Denmark, meanwhile, are happy to continue flying under the radar, buoyed by a 17-match unbeaten run.

"Since going down 1-0 to Montenegro, we have not lost, and I think we have built something good since then". Pacific. In India, the game gets underway at 11:30 p.m. India Standard Time on Sunday.

Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta's brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage - he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final - while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia.

Hareide said there are no plans to nullify Real Madrid's Modric, arguably the best midfield player of the tournament to date.

For Denmark, the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen, who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield.

Kasper Schmeichel - 8 - Constantly instructing his defensive line, Schmeichel was commanding between the sticks, quick off his line and produced some solid saves, including a last minute penalty save, as he also went on to produce a sensational performance during the penalty shoot-out.

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