Denmark coach Hareide: It's Eriksen v Modric

Denmark coach Hareide: It's Eriksen v Modric

Watched from the stands by his father Peter, Schmeichel saved a Luca Modric penalty late in extra time and another two spot kicks in the shootout only for Croatia to progress to the quarter-finals.

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. But the Croatians were in no mood to let Denmark enjoy the unprecedented lead for very long as they too found the net soon after.

Both teams had scored their goals in an astonishing first four minutes at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, setting a new tournament record for the fastest time in which both teams have scored by just seven seconds.

42 minute: Eriksen picks up a pass in the Croatian box but fails to find a teammate with his chip shot.

With five minutes remaining in the extra-time, Croatia were awarded a penalty for a challenge on Ante Rebic but Luka Modric could not net the victor from the spot as Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel pulled off the save.

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.

Update: The victor of Croatia and Denmark's game will take on Russian Federation in the round of eight.

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"We've played fantastically in the group stage". Croatia are perhaps small favorites if you look at the clubs where the players come from.

4' GOAL! What a start to this match. "I remember my mum screaming in the house when we scored", central defender Dejan Lovren recalled Croatia's 2-1 win over the Netherlands in 1998 that secured third place. "The fact they have gone 18 games unbeaten speaks volumes", he said.

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.

Croatia, meanwhile, have been one of the form teams in the first half of the World Cup. A low scoring, methodically played match will play to Denmark's advantage.

Both sides have only conceded goals from the penalty spot, proving that they will be tricky to score against. "Kasper is a great goalkeeper and I'm not surprised by his great level", Kjaer said.

"I think today we had the opportunity".

Croatia's plan at the moment seems to be the following: Hold possession, get the ball into the wide areas, cross in for Mandzukic. In goal is Leicester City star Kasper Schmeichel.

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