Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic Key As Croatia Face Denmark

Three quick thoughts from Croatia's 3-2 penalty shootout win over Denmark, after the pair finished 120 minutes level at 1-1 in their round-of-16 tie.

Dejan Lovren and Croatia qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Denmark.

A dramatic start with two goals in the first four minutes promised a full-blooded contest to decide who would meet Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday after the hosts beat Spain on penalties in Sunday's early game.

Spain lost the goal-fest to Russian Federation in a penalty shootout and taking inspiration, Denmark and Croatia scored a goal each inside first five minutes of the play.

Croatia thrashed La Albicelste 3-0, and if they produce a similar performance against Age Hareide's side, the Danes stand little chance. A attractive through pass to Ante Rebic led to an obvious goal-scoring chance that was ruined by an intentional penalty in the box.

Yet this World Cup just keeps getting crazier.

CROATIA SCORE! Rakitic sends Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot and Croatia are into the quarter finals of the World Cup! Two goals was all they could muster in their three group games, one each against Australia and Peru but in Christian Eriksen they possess a talent unmatched in Danish football since the days of Michael Laudrup.

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

To watch a live stream of the Croatia vs. Denmark World Cup elimination clash, use the stream provided by Fox Sports Go.

Pione Sisto: The nimble-footed, wily left winger can possess a lot of questions to Croatia's defence. Both teams have been failing to convert half chances and shots on goal have been way too wide.

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

Luka Modric playing for Croatia in World Cup qualifying. A Denmark clearance attempt from its own area bounced off a defender, right into the path of Mario Mandzukic. 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. Schmeichel makes another save, but this time the rebound falls to Perisic - his shot goes over the bar for a goal kick.

Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was his team's hero, saving penalties from Simon Kjaer, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen to inflict a heartbreaking defeat on Denmark.

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