Wow. Hosts Russia have stunned the footballing world this morning, eliminating 2010 champions Spain through a penalty shootout to book their quarter-final spot.
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.
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.
Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic. Modric and his Croatian teammates hope to repeat the incredible run into the semifinal their country made during the 1998 World Cup.
Led by Real Madrid's midfield lynchpin Luka Modric, Croatia also defeated Nigeria and Iceland to top Group D. The pre-quarter-final will be played at the same venue where the Croats thumped Argentina.More news: LeBron James: Wait, he didn’t text Kevin Durant with tempting offer?
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Croatia thrashed La Albicelste 3-0, and if they produce a similar performance against Age Hareide's side, the Danes stand little chance. Two goals was all they could muster in their three group games, one each against Australia and Peru but in Christian Eriksen they possess a talent unmatched in Danish football since the days of Michael Laudrup. However, it proved a false dawn as the spectacle faded with both sides choosing caution as their priority given the rare chance to reach the last eight at a World Cup.
But if they can frustrate Croatia and afford them only futile possession, they could yet cause an upset, especially with Eriksen in the side.
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. We know Croatia have a good team, skilful players, but you will see a different Denmark from what you have seen so far.
Croatia were awarded an injury time spot kick after Denmark's Mathias Jorgensen brought down Ante Rebic with this challenge in the penalty area. Denmark have scored the opener within the opening two minutes.
Sunday's match got off to an incredible start, and if you were five minutes late, you missed almost everything.
Pione Sisto (for Braithwaite 105) - 6 - Injected pace and precision for the final 15 minutes, and immediately looked like Denmark's most unsafe player.