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Denmark out of World Cup after falling to Croatia on penalties

Denmark out of World Cup after falling to Croatia on penalties

Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to set up a World Cup quarter-finals tie against hosts Russian Federation.

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.

A dramatic start with two goals in the first four minutes promised a full-blooded contest to decide who would meet Russian Federation in Sochi on Saturday after the hosts beat Spain on penalties in Sunday's early game.

Denmark scored just a minute into the match as Mathias Jorgensen finished a loose ball in the box off a long throw-in to give the Danish side an early advantage. Croatia won the shootout 3-2. A lovely through pass to Ante Rebic led to an obvious goal-scoring chance that was ruined by an intentional penalty in the box. The Scandinavian side were unbeaten in their practice games coming into the World Cup.

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

The victor of the tie will face the victor of Sunday's early game between Spain and hosts Russian Federation.

Croatia topped their group, winning all three of their group games.

Denmark coach, Age Hareide, wants his side to play more attacking football against Croatia and the team will rely heavily on key player Christian Eriksen for that.

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The 51-year-old Bosnian-born coach, who played as a midfielder for many clubs in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia, said he was having the time of his life in Russian Federation.

31 minute: Corner for Denmark.

Asked whether his captain could win player-of-the-tournament, as France were knocking out Argentina on Saturday, Dalic said: "It's not going to go to Messi".

This is the World Cup! Modric and his Croatian teammates hope to repeat the incredible run into the semifinal their country made during the 1998 World Cup.

Pione Sisto: The nimble-footed, wily left winger can possess a lot of questions to Croatia's defence. In goal is Leicester City star Kasper Schmeichel.

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.

In the United Kingdom, a live stream of the Croatia vs. Denmark 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 game will be carried by the ITV and may be accessed, inside the United Kingdom only, using ITV Hub.