The Danes made two changes from their 0-0 draw with France, while Croatia reverted to the same team that overwhelmed Argentina 3-0 after Dalic had fielded a second-string against Iceland in Rostov.
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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.
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It was a harsh defeat for Denmark, particularly for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel who not only saved twice in the shootout but also denied Croatia captain Luka Modric from the spot in extra-time for what would likely have been the victor. Croatia was given a penalty kick after Ante Rebic was taken down with a wide open goal in front of him.
The Daily Telegraph: "Croatia put in one of the performances of the World Cup against Argentina and look irresistible going forwards". Zanka is shown a yellow card.
Croatia go long to Mandzukic, who pulls back across the face of goal, however there's no one else waiting for the ball.
105' - Substitution: Denmark's Pione Sisto replaces Martin Braithwaite.
That'll be the end of the first spell of added time. Led by midfield stalwart Luka Modric, the Croatians have found their stride and appear focused under manager Zlatko Dalic.
We're away in extra time, 30 minutes away from a possible shootout.
Every time the ball went out on the touchline in the opposing half, up he came with his bionic appendage. Denmark have scored 7 and conceded 12.
Nicolai Jorgensen (for Cornelius 66) - 5 - Entered the fray in a like-for-like swap with Cornelius, and provided his side with an equally effective outlet up top. But Croatia have just enough artillery in their skill set to cross Denmark's hurdle but they might have to grind it out to achieve the desired result.
Andreas Christensen - 4 - Played in an unorthodox midfield role, the Chelsea defender struggled to stamp his authority in the middle of the park as Croatia's midfield trident dominated the ball, and he was subsequently subbed off at half-time. He limps off the field just before halftime. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a couple big stops.