Ivan Rakitic’s penalty kick in shootouts sends Croatia past Denmark

Ivan Rakitic’s penalty kick in shootouts sends Croatia past Denmark

Ivan Rakitic’s penalty kick in shootouts sends Croatia past Denmark

Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to set up a World Cup quarter-finals tie against hosts Russian Federation.

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saves the injury time penalty kick by Croatia's Luka Modric.

Perisic fired in another threatening ball as Croatia carried the lion's share of the attacking threat, but Denmark came forward and star man Christian Eriksen's strike cannoned to safety.

And, although the 1998 side featured the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki, the current crop boasts plenty of talent too in Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and more.

Follow along for live updates and highlights as Croatia and Denmark play for a spot in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals and a match against Russian Federation.

Denmark (4-3-3): 1. Kasper Schmeichel (gk), 14. Now, Zlatko Dalić's charges now must focus on their first knockout game since their maiden appearance in 98, they finished third that year. They weren't their usual free-flowing, confident selves.

Croatia topped their group, winning all three of their group games. On this basis, it's easy to see why Jose Mourinho wanted the winger so badly last summer.

Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.

Milan Badelj (for Mandzukic 107) - 5 - Took the place of Croatia's lone striker and adequately slotted into the middle of the park as Kramaric move up top.

Denmark - Schmeichel 8, Knudsen 7, Jorgensen 6, Kjaer 5, Dalsgaard 6, Delaney 5, Christensen 5, Braithwaite 6, Eriksen 6, Poulsen 7, Cornelius 5.

On the contrary, what a brilliant selfie op in what seems to me to be the selfie World Cup. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Croatia Denmark soccer game immediately. Subasic punches and Denmark have a throw in. The keeper should have done better.

Danijel Subasic - 8 - The veteran stop-stopper had a shaky start after he failed to keep out Mathias Jorgensen's effort within the first minute, but grew into the match and looked composed between the sticks there after. It's an instant response from Croatia! Subasic was anxious there, and with good reason! The Croatian midfielder goes close, but the shot sails wide of the post. He was played clean through by Modric. "He saved three penalties in a shootout". He guessed the right way!

The only previous encounter between Croatia and Denmark in a major tournament was at Euro 1996. If those two are allowed time on the ball to prompt and probe then even Denmark's defence - one goal conceded in seven matches - might struggle. They found a way to win.

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