Croatia through to quarters

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June

Croatia and Denmark were locked at 1-1 at half-time in their round-of-16 match in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. Croatia equalise through Mario Mandzukic's goal.

That broke the record for the fastest time in which both teams have scored at a World Cup match - by all of seven seconds.

42 minute: Eriksen picks up a pass in the Croatian box but fails to find a teammate with his chip shot.

After Russia's goalkeeper made two big saves in penalty kicks to help his team shock Spain in the round of 16, Croatia's goalkeeper Danijel Subasic put on his own world-class display, saving three penalty kicks to guide Croatia past Denmark into the quarterfinals.

This means that Croatia will face Russian Federation in the quarter-finals later this week.

The following 116 minutes though largely failed to live up to the first four, fireworks giving way to a damp squib of an encounter as the game edged inexorably towards extra time and penalties.

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"When you have a penalty shootout, normally it's our three best players at taking penalties, but they missed today".

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.

"It will be a tough match, like any other game so far".

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.

Croatia will once again depend on Modric, who has been in outstanding form, and fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic to deliver the goods. "We played well, have had great victories, but if we do not win against Denmark, we did not do anything".

Croatia swept Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland to top a tough Group D, only conceding one goal, and that being on a penalty kick to Gylfi Sigurdsson with 15 minutes to go in the final match. "But I think we can settle it within 90 minutes". He has had 4 shots on target this World Cup and has 13 goals and 5 assists to his name in his last 16 appearances for Denmark.

Denmark went first, Christian Eriksen's kick tipped superbly onto the post by Subasic - but Schmeichel then saved from Badelj to keep things level. But Croatia have just enough artillery in their skill set to cross Denmark's hurdle but they might have to grind it out to achieve the desired result.

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