Of course, that meant nothing to a pair of teams that saw Russian Federation upset Spain in their corner of the bracket just an hour before the start of their round-of-16 match. We know Croatia have a good team, skilful players, but you will see a different Denmark from what you have seen so far. He has also scored 13 and assisted five in his last 16 internationals. Denmark has scored only two goals in its last three games.
120' (+2) - That's it. We could have wrapped it up but we left it to penalties.
Croatia could have won the game in extra-time but captain Luka Modric had a penalty saved by Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel, after Mathias Jorgensen brought down Ante Rebic. A handsome through pass to Ante Rebic led to an obvious goal-scoring chance that was ruined by an intentional penalty in the box. Croatia have impressed with their attacking abilities whereas Denmark have been a flawless mix of creative play and a pragmatic approach. Zanka is shown a yellow card.
However, the Spurs' midfielders miss didn't overly matter as Schmeichel saved Croatia's opening penalty from Milan Badelj.
98' - Substitution: Michael Krohn-Dehli replaces Thomas Delaney. The Vatreni breezed through the group stages, thumping Argentina 3-0 in the process, and Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic have looked particularly impressive.
We're away in extra time, 30 minutes away from a possible shootout. We're going to extra time.
As the 90 minutes drew to a close, the two sides were limited to shots from range as neither wanted to risk committing too many men forward. He comes off the field for the time being.
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71' - Substitution: Croatia's Mateo Kovacic replaces Marcelo Brozovic.
Once the frantic start settled down, Croatia began to take control of possession and started to carve out a number of chances.
45' - Substitution: Denmark's Lasse Schöne replaces Andreas Christensen.
Croatia go long to Mandzukic, who pulls back across the face of goal, however there's no one else waiting for the ball. The game has limped on after such a rapid start, but neither of these sides have done enough to hit the front just yet.
39' - A set piece for Croatia nearly results in a goal.
Croatia were nearly ahead with five minutes remaining until the break when Modric's flighted free-kick was flicked narrowly wide by Dejan Lovren.
Ten minutes from the end, Josip Pivaric came on for Ivan Strinic as Croatia made a change at left-back, and he was quickly into the action with a cross that Perisic headed over. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a couple big stops. Mario Mandzukic finishes with a handsome strike from the left side of the six-yard box.
The Danes opened the scoring nearly immediately after the kick-off, with Mathias Jørgensen netting within 58 seconds with a close-range strike from a corner, 0-1. Mathias Jorgensen sneaks one through after some juggling in the box. For that creative energy, he will rely heavily on key player Christian Eriksen.