World Cup: Croatia knock Denmark out after Thrilling Shootout

Croatia advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup after an extraordinary penalty shootout victory over Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Arena Sunday.

The all-European clash began at breakneck pace when the Danes shot ahead after just 58 seconds, Mathias Joergensen prodding home after a goalmouth scramble.

But their lead lasted only a minute as Mario Mandzukic drew his side level with a close-range finish after a fortuitous rebound.

Croatia dominated much of the play from then on, forcing goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel into a number of big saves as the game went into extra-time.

And with five minutes left of play, the Croats were presented with a big chance to clinch victory when referee Nestor Pitana pointed to the spot after Joergensen fouled Ante Rebic who’d rounded Schmeichel following a delightful through ball from Modric.

But the Real Madrid man was denied his moment of glory as Schmeichel went the right way and saved the spot-kick.

A dramatic shoot-out ensued as both sides missed twice, before Ivan Rakitic kept a cool head to bury the crucial spot-kick and send his side into the quarterfinals where they’ll take on hosts Russia.

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