Croatia through to quarters

Croatia through to quarters

Croatia through to quarters

The match ultimately went to a shoot-out, where Croatia goalkeeper Subasic stood out with three saves to ensure his side advanced to the quarter-finals, where they will face host nation Russian Federation.

In-form Croatia will be hot favourites against Denmark, who have looked lacklustre in the group stages, when the two sides clash in the Round of 16 of the World Cup on Sunday.

Neither could force a victor during extra-time either, with Kasper Schmeichel saving a 116th-minute penalty from Modric, meaning spot-kicks were required.

Kasper has always been frustrated by the comparisons with his father Peter, but in Russian Federation he has beaten the former Manchester United goalkeeper's record of not conceding and was the reason for Denmark getting to the penalty shoot-out.

Despite a pulsating start to the match, both sides would ultimately fail to find the back of the net for the remaining 85 minutes, and so the match entered extra-time for only the second time during this year's World Cup finals.

On the contrary, what a brilliant selfie op in what seems to me to be the selfie World Cup.

Up next, we have another all-European encounter, as Croatia take on Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.

Denmark will be hoping to get the better of Croatia on Sunday.

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And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

Hareide pointed out that Croatia is a team that can defend and attack well with a flexible group of players who are able to adapt to different situations. If Croatia's golden generation are to take this golden opportunity, they must improve on this. It struck early, leading directly to the opener and it struck late, sending fear through the Croatian defensive ranks towards the end of the 90 minutes and throughout extra time.

Luka Modric talks up the threat of Christian Eriksen in Denmark's midfield and admits that Croatia must attempt to stop the playmaker in his tracks.

"What I can say about Eriksen is he's a fantastic player, a world-class player".

Ivan Perisic should have sent the Vatreni ahead in the 28th minute after pouncing on a loose ball inside the box but he skied his effort over the bar.

Croatia have won all three of their games so far at the 2018 World Cup, which is their longest ever streak of victories in the competition.

Modric, who has already scored two goals, will be expected once again to pull the strings for Croatia from midfield.

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