Lovren's Croatia qualify for World Cup quarter-finals

Christian Eriksen reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

"He saved three penalties in a shootout".

With the match 1-1 after extra time, spot kicks were needed for the second time in the day to decide a last-16 tie. He volleys wide of the goal though. Tactical change is required.

Update: The victor of Croatia and Denmark's game will take on Russian Federation in the round of eight.

Croatia were stunned inside 60 seconds by an early Danish aerial assault as Jonas Knudsen's whipped throw-in reached Thomas Delaney, who simply screened the ball and left it to Mathias Jorgensen to poke it home.

Mario Mandzukic had the Croats back on equal terms just three minutes later with an equally scrappy finish. The struggle for ball possession and shots on goals became the regular feature.

Knudsen takes a monster throw in for Denmark, but Croatia clear the danger through Brozovic. At half-time, the score was one goal each.

The second half is away as Croatia have first use of the ball. The only previous encounter between the two in a major tournament was at Euro 1996.

The Vatreni have been one of the sensations of the tournament to date.

Croatia and Denmark are meeting for the sixth time; their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced, with two wins each and one draw. Subs - Badelj 6, Kramaric 5, Pivaric 5, Kovacic 6.

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Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark , which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight global matches. We have a few players who are at a higher level than them if you look at the squads player by player.

Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto, Ronnow.

Wow. Wow. Wow. The 2018 World Cup keeps delivering classics and we are in for another cracking one after the grueling Spain vs Russian Federation epic show which saw the 2010 World Cup winners dumped out by the host nation.

Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport: "I have been very impressed by Croatia, I can not really see a weak link in their midfield, either centrally or out wide, and they have an attacking outlook right through their team".

4' GOAL! What a start to this match. They remain unbeaten, however, and are determined to cause an upset.

While the Barcelona ace will turn out for Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the Tottenham attacking midfielder will play for Denmark.

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

Croatia thrashed La Albicelste 3-0, and if they produce a similar performance against Age Hareide's side, the Danes stand little chance. "Huge disappointment. But also enormous pride about our team", said Schmeichel.

Croatia have won all three of their games so far at the 2018 World Cup, which is their longest ever streak of victories in the competition. If Croatia's golden generation are to take this golden opportunity, they must improve on this. "I also think that Croatia is aware, so there is no doubt that it respects us", Kjaer said at a press conference.

"He's had a great impact on us, both on and off the field".

"I'm just so sorry for Kasper and the whole team".

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