Croatia 1-1 Denmark

Croatia 1-1 Denmark

Croatia 1-1 Denmark

It wasn't until late on in extra time, and then the subsequent penalty shootout, that the game was given a dramatic conclusion, with Croatia setting up a quarter final meeting with Russian Federation.

In-form Croatia take on unbeaten Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday night with a place in the World Cup quarter-finals at stake.

They could have wrapped up the result five minutes from the end of extra time but Luka Modric had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel as a largely pedestrian match produced a pulsating finish.

Asked about Eriksen, Modric said: "I don't like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself". Croatia have impressed with their attacking abilities whereas Denmark have been a flawless mix of creative play and a pragmatic approach.

Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT. In an astonishing start to the match, both teams scored within four minutes via their first attacks.

Denmark, which is set to take on Croatia Sunday, suffered its last defeat against Montenegro in 2016 in the World Cup qualifiers.

4' GOAL! Croatia 1-1 Denmark: Can you believe this start? Croatia hit back immediately, though, when Mario Mandzukic squeezed home a finish at the near post after some terrible defending from the Danes.

Welcome to 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of the 2018 Football World Cup from Russian Federation. He curls the ball into the box to find Lovren but he heads it wide.

Having been hesitant in the goal by Jorgensen he stood out in the shoot-out by making three blocks to help Croatia through to the quarter finals.

Josip Pivaric (for Strinic 81) - 5 - Brought on for the tiring legs of Strinic and filled in at left-back comfortably.

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

Knudsen's long throw-in falls to Thomas Delaney. In team news, Yussuf Poulsen is likely to return to the side after serving his suspension against France.

Denmark went first, Christian Eriksen's kick tipped superbly onto the post by Subasic - but Schmeichel then saved from Badelj to keep things level.

Nicolai Jorgensen (for Cornelius 66) - 5 - Entered the fray in a like-for-like swap with Cornelius, and provided his side with an equally effective outlet up top. Lasse Schone in for Andreas Christensen.

Pione Sisto could be a key player for Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.

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