Croatia advance to quarter-finals after penalty shootout

Wow. Hosts Russia have stunned the footballing world this morning, eliminating 2010 champions Spain through a penalty shootout to book their quarter-final spot.

Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.

Krohn-Dehli put Denmark 2-1 up - and then Modric stepped up again and this time fired the ball past Schmeichel, who was close to stopping it before Schone's unconvincing kick was saved by Subasic to give Croatia the advantage.

Kasper has always been frustrated by the comparisons with his father Peter, but in Russian Federation he has beaten the former Manchester United goalkeeper's record of not conceding and was the reason for Denmark getting to the penalty shoot-out.

In a tournament packed with excitement this was no classic, although it looked set to be a thriller after Mathias Jorgensen and Mario Mandzukic scored at either end within the first four minutes.

Six of Croatia's seven goals at this year's World Cup have been scored in the second half.

Pione Sisto: The nimble-footed, wily left winger can possess a lot of questions to Croatia's defence.

On the contrary, what a brilliant selfie op in what seems to me to be the selfie World Cup.

Zlatko Dalic's team won all of their games on the way to running away with Group G but are tasked with overcoming a solid Denmark side, unbeaten thus far in Russian Federation.

Andreas Christensen - 4 - Played in an unorthodox midfield role, the Chelsea defender struggled to stamp his authority in the middle of the park as Croatia's midfield trident dominated the ball, and he was subsequently subbed off at half-time.

Christian Eriksen - The playmaker is Denmark's biggest hope of defeating Croatia.

After 90 minutes, both teams were still level 1-1 and the game went into extra time.

Croatia were passing the ball around nicely in the opening stages of the second half but the Scandinavians were a threat on the transition.

Croatia's coach and captain hailed their "fantastic" World Cup so far and declared themselves ready to beat Denmark on Sunday in a quest to emulate their predecessors' greatest triumph two decades ago. A low scoring, methodically played match will play to Denmark's advantage.

With Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic at the core of their side, Croatia have perhaps the strongest midfield in the tournament.

  • Rosalie Stanley