Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals. Mathias Jorgensen gave Denmark the lead after just 58 seconds but Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute and the sides remained locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time. But Croatia won the shootout 3-2 after Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks.
Croatia made nine changes from their last World Cup Group D match for the knockout match against Denmark on Sunday, reverting to the team that impressively beat Argentina 3-0. Only captain Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic remain from the starting line-up against Iceland, the Croats’ last group match, which was played after they had already secured qualification for the last 16.
The game against Denmark takes place in the same Nizhny Novgorod stadium where Croatia thumped Argentina 10 days ago. Sunday’s clash has been billed as a clash between two midfield artists, Real Madrid’s Modric and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen of Tottenham. Both playmakers have been selected.