Croatia outlasts Demark in shootout, to face Russia in World Cup quarterfinals

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia scores his team's third goal past Wilfredo Caballero of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny

Having qualified from the group stage with such distinction, Croatia now face the obdurate, well-organised Danes for a place in the quarter-final. In their five previous meetings in friendlies and qualifiers, both sides have won two and drawn one. "Croatia 2 Denmark 0".

It was Modric's sublime pass that put Ante Rebic through on goal, before being brought down by Mathias Jorgensen, and offered Croatia a chance to win just before the shootout. Denmark have scored the opener within the opening two minutes. All three of the online cord-cutting services require credit card information and subscription fees - but they all offer seven-day free trial periods, and if the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Croatia vs. Denmark contest - and all World Cup matches during that week-long period - streamed live at no charge.

Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals. Schmeichel makes another save, but this time the rebound falls to Perisic - his shot goes over the bar for a goal kick.

116' - What a stop.

Modric's spot kick was weak, though, and Schmeichel dived to his left to smother it for the first of his three penalty saves. A handsome through pass to Ante Rebic led to an obvious goal-scoring chance that was ruined by an intentional penalty in the box.

The Tottenham man is a dual threat player, capable of both scoring and creating and the player most likely to conjure a trick to unlock the Croatian rearguard. Zanka is shown a yellow card.

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

106' - Second period of extra time begins.

That'll be the end of the first spell of added time.

98' - Substitution: Michael Krohn-Dehli replaces Thomas Delaney.

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Every time the ball went out on the touchline in the opposing half, up he came with his bionic appendage. There will be two 15-minute periods. There's a delay in the game as he receives attention.

Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic during training.

Lasse Schone (for Christensen 45) - 6 - Transformed the tempo of Denmark's play when he entered the field.

That'll be the end of the first half.

2' GOAL! Mathias Jorgensen strikes to give Denmark early 1-0 lead.

39 minute: Free-kick to Croatia on the left-flank.

Dejan Lovren - 6 - Established an industrious partnership with Vida in an effort to stifle the physically imposing Cornelius, and the duo stood up to the challenge well.

Where Denmark and their star, Christian Eriksen, can frustrate Croatia is by being physical on defense and keeping Croatia away from the net.

Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, whose family ties with Denmark great Peter have been well documented. Mario Mandzukic finishes with a lovely strike from the left side of the six-yard box. We will be back.

Croatia's midfield pairing of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic is the envy of many teams in the tournament, and the duo are far from their only fine players.

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