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#worldcup: Croatia Vs Denmark, Match Reports, Goal Highlights - Video

In a match that started with 2 quick goals scored in succession by both teams in the space of 4mins, we knew it was going to be a long long night. Croatia goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic saved three penalties as Croatia knocked out resiliant Denmark in a penalty shootout to set up a World Cup quarter-final tie against hosts Russia who overcame Spain on penalties in an earlier kickoff.

Its a hard fought victory because it came at the end of a largely disappointing tie and one that had seen Luka Modric lose a golden chance to snatch a late winner when his penalty shortly before the end of extra-time was superbly saved by Denmark goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel.
Schmeichel who also plays for English side, Leicester City also saved two penalties in the shootout at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium but he could not prevent Ivan Rakitic slotting home the decisive 10th kick.
The Croatia players charged towards Rakitic after his decisive strike with the look of a team who knew they had survived an a huge scare against a Danish side that seemed to have the momentum with them moving into the shootout. It was a match that ended in stunningly dramatic fashion - and started that way as well, as both goal came in the space of 4 mind.
Martin Jorgensen capitalised on the chaos caused by a long throw to fire a weak shot beyond Subasic in the opening minute.
A scuffed clearance and an inadvertent header off Danish midfielder Martin Delaney left Mario Mandzukic with a good chance that he gobbled up, shooting beyond Schmeichel as Croatia soon levelled.
Neither side had previously conceded from open play in Russia - but the prospect of an unexpected glut of goals faded as quickly as the tempo.
It was a lacklustre tie played with front of a largely delighted crowd as the local fans inside the stadium revelled in Russia's earlier shootout victory over Spain.
The second half was particularly dreadful and the match seemed to have an inevitability of penalties from well before the start of extra-time.
An off-colour Modric fluffed his big chance but did convert in the shootout as Croatia stay alive in the competition and remain in the hunt to emulate the side of 1998, which reached the last four in France.

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