Modric misses penalty CRO 1 DEN 1

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

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes the save of the day as he dives to stop Luka Modric's penalty kick.

Though Croatia are favourites on Sunday, and are some people's surprise pick to win the whole tournament, coach Zlatko Dalic said Denmark's solid team play and strong defence should not be under-estimated.

There was an element of comedy to the fourth-minute equaliser for Mario Mandzukic as Denmark's early advantage quickly disappeared.

But he is confident of an improvement against Russian Federation to give Spain its first win against either a World Cup or European Championship host at the ninth attempt.

Luka Modric insists his midfield battle with Christian Eriksen will be just a sub-plot when Croatia and Denmark clash for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

39' - A set piece for Croatia nearly results in a goal.

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio sees attack as the best form of defense when El Tri takes on Brazil in Monday's round of 16 World Cup match.


44 minute: Croatia's Rakitic goes unmarked in the box and fires a bullet towards the Danish goal but the goalkeeper saves it. But Hareide insists today's encounter will not just be a case of Denmark's tight defence against Croatia's risky attack.

Denmark striker Yussuf Poulsen is back from suspension and is expected to be named in Hareide's starting line-up.

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.

GOAL! Denmark take the lead in the first minute!

"What I can say about Eriksen is he's a fantastic player, a world-class player".

After 90 minutes, both teams were still level 1-1 and the game went into extra time. Denmark has scored only two goals in its last three games.

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, however, has warned his team-mates they will need to keep a close eye on Eriksen on Sunday. Plus, full Croatia v Denmark TV channel details, the kick-off time and more. Knudsen's long throw-in falls to Thomas Delaney.

The Tottenham playmakers past and present hold down important roles for their national sides, with Modric outstanding for Croatia so far at Russian Federation 2018 and Eriksen Denmark's main attacking threat.


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