Russia 2018: Croatia progress after beating Denmark on penalties

By Mutala Yakubu
Croatia beat Denmark on penalties
Croatia beat Denmark on penalties

Croatia progressed to the quarter-final of the Russia 2018 World Cup after beating Denmark on penalties.

It was a match that ended in stunningly dramatic fashion - and started that way as well.

Martin Jorgensen capitalised on the chaos caused by a long throw to fire a weak shot beyond Subasic in the opening minute.

A scuffed clearance and an inadvertent header off Danish midfielder Martin Delaney left Mario Mandzukic with a good chance that he gobbled up, shooting beyond Schmeichel as Croatia soon levelled.

The second half was particularly dreadful and the match seemed to have an inevitability of penalties from well before the start of extra-time.

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An off-colour Modric fluffed his big chance but did convert in the shootout as Croatia stay alive in the competition and remain in the hunt to emulate the side of 1998, which reached the last four in France.

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