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Danijel Subasic heroics sees Croatia through to quarters after shootout drama

Danijel Subasic heroics sees Croatia through to quarters after shootout drama

After a tense affair at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Croatia book their quarter-final ticket after beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties.

GOAL! Denmark take the lead in the first minute!

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

With the match 1-1 after extra time, spot kicks were needed for the second time in the day to decide a last-16 tie.

Expectations are running so high, in fact, that Luka Modric and Co are fancied to equal or even better the third place Croatia achieved at France 1998.

Neither could force a victor during extra-time either, with Kasper Schmeichel saving a 116th-minute penalty from Modric, meaning spot-kicks were required.

Earlier on this evening, hosts Russian Federation delivered a huge upset by knocking out former World Cup champions Spain out of the tournament - in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Croatia players celebrate after winning against Denmark.

"We've played fantastically in the group stage, we must be proud of that, but this new game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we've already done to Sunday's game".

And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia's World Cup hopes.

4' GOAL! Croatia 1-1 Denmark: Can you believe this start?

Jorgensen took all of 57 seconds to breach the Croatia defense at the end of a long throw-in by Jonas Knudsen, stabbing at the ball with his left foot as he took it off team mate Thomas Delaney.

Mandzukic went off and Milan Badelj came on for Croatia, but Denmark remained the team with the greater assurance and Jorgensen sent a tough chance wide after yet another Knudsen throw.

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh here for most recent updates). "Relationships and tactics get better", he explained.

As hard as they have been to break down, the Danes have struggled to creative chances with any real fluency in this World Cup.

"I think we are writing Danish history anyway", he said at his pre-match press conference.

Both sides have only conceded goals from the penalty spot, proving that they will be tricky to score against.

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. It must be buzzing in Croatia at the moment because they have been excellent in this tournament so far.