Danijel Subasic and Kasper Schmeichel put up a display of goalkeeping excellence during the penalty shootout and in the end, it was the former that prevailed. Between them, the two made five saves, three for Subasic and two from Schmeichel. It was that one extra save that pulled Croatia over the line. Both sides had scored within the first five minutes of the match but were not able to find the target in the two hours of football that they played after that. Croatia had won a penalty towards the end of the second period of extra time but Luka Modric only ended up finding Kasper Schmeichel, thus forcing the game into penalties.
What a shootout
Schmeichel made two saves, Subasic made three. This was goalkeeping at its very best. We leave you with this interesting stat.
RAKITIC SCORES, CROATIA THROUGH!
Ivan Rakitic finds the target and Croatia will face Russia in the quarter-finals on July 7. One of the most extraordinary penalty shootouts you would ever see in a football knockout game comes to an end.
Croatia 2-2 Denmark
Jurgensen's penalty saved again by Subasic, Croatia through if they score the next
Croatia 2-2 Denmark
And now Schmeichel saves!
Croatia 2-2 Denmark
Schone's penalty saved by Subasic!
Croatia 2-2 Denmark
Luka Modric gets revenge for his saved penalty
Croatia 1-2 Denmark
Krohn-Delhi converts his, Denmark back in front.
Croatia 1-1 Denmark
Kramaric eases it into the bottom left, Schmeichel says that he feinted and calls foul.
Croatia 0-1 Denmark
Kjaer is the first man to hit the target and Denmark take the lead.
Scmeichel saves and cancels the advantage, Croatia 0-0 Denmark
He goes for the left, Subosic dives the right way but it hits the post and away! Advantage Croatia!
Here we go!
The ends has been chosen, Denmark will take the first kick and Christian Eriksen who steps up.
FULL TIME! Penalties it is!
Kasper Schmeichel has saved his team once already, he will be called on to repeat the feat. After those twin goals in the first five minutes, the two teams have not been able to find the target. So, for the second time in a day, a match will be decided by penalties.
Modric, desperate to make amends, takes a shot from the D and it is straight at Schmeichel.
AND SCHMEICHEL SAVES IT!
ABSOLUTE SCENES IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD! It is not the best of spot-kicks from Modric, low and a little to the left of Schmeichel, he dives the right way and holds on to the ball. For once, the unflappable Luka Modric has failed to find the target.
PENALTY FOR CROATIA!!
Modric plays in Rebic with a brilliant through ball and the latter is clean through with just the keeper in front of him, he skips pas Schmeichel, Jorgensen takes him down, penalty given. Interestingly only yellow for Jorgensen, Modric stands over it.....
Knudsen with a long throw-in from the right, it drops to Nikola Jurgensen on the far side but he can't get his shot away. It is not happening for either sides, penalties looms in front of them.
Sisto gets into the box with te ball from the left, turns and makes space for a shot at the far post, it is just wide. Mario Mandzukic is taken off for Milan Badelj.
1st period of extra-time ends
And the score remains the way it was in the beginning. Both sides have had periods of possession and attack but, nothing has come out of it.
Another corner, Modric hits it at the near post, Denmark clear.
Croatia on the offensive, Modric with puts in a cross from the lft and it is just about punched over the bar by Schmeichel. Modric swings in a corner, the attempted clearance comes to Mandzukic but Denmark manage to clear it.
Denmark corner, Eriksen takes and it is punched out for a throw-in by Subosic. Knudsen throws it in and Croatia are given a scare before they head it clear.
Knudsen has performed three missile throws so far, the latest one from the right flat into the box, it is headed out by Croatia.
No goals apart from those that went in the first five minutes and we have another match going into extra time today. Both sets of players with ice-bags over their heads in their heads. They huddle up and break before the two captains do the coin-toss with the referee.
Eriksen takes the corner, Subotic punches it clear only for it to fall to Braithwaite who takes the shot first time, just wide of the far post.
Three minutes added on. Rakitic with a shot from distance and it curls just wide of the left-side goal post. The game goes to the other side from where Eriksen takes a shot and it goes out for a corner.
A couple of monster throw-ins from Knudsen from the left and right. Both of them land in the mixer but come to nothing.
Rebic twists and dribbles and losses Knudsen to send the ball in from the right of the box, Mandzukic's shot is deflected wide. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Modric takes the resulting free kick low and Perisic picks up the pass, he takes the shot and that is parried away by Schmeichel.
It looks we could have another game going into extra time today. Kovacic wrestles with Poulsen, loses his balance, falls and bangs his face on the ground in the follow-through. That looked like a sickening blow and it looks like he may have taken a couple of injections to recover from it.
Modric with a shot from around 30 yards out after a poor Denmark clearance but it is well wide of the target. Moments later, Vrsaljko drills one straight at Schmeichel after a little shuffle through midfield.
Once again, Denmark get forward with Poulsen and he is dragged back by Strinic.
Once again, Youssuf Poulsen takes down a long ball brilliantly and plays it in to Nicolai Jorgensen. He takes the shot and it is straight at Subotic. Nicolai Jorgensen had replaced Cornelius around five minutes back. Croatia have also made a change with Kovacic coming in for Brozovic.
Knudsen all over Rebic near the corner flag on the right of the Denmark box. After a lot of wrestling with the ball just lying around in front of Rebic, he goes down and takes it in his hand. Referee penalises him for handball. Croatia should be careful though, Denmark have a Lannister on their side.
Perisic makes his way into the box from the left, trying to find space for a shot, Dalsgaard blocking his path. Perisic drops a shoulder, finds space and puts the ball in but it is kicked away by Kjaer. The resulting corner is punched away by Schmeichel.
Denmark's dribblers are causing all sorts of problems. Thomas Delaney runs a long way with the ball and reaches the box, he gets to the byline almost before taking a shot that is blocked by Subotic.
A long ball from the half way line is taken down brilliantly by Poulsen, he cuts inside goes past one defender, plays a one-two with Eriksen but by that time, he loses control of the ball. That was a gorgeous take down though by Yussuf Poulsen.
Croatia get forward, Rakitic provides a long-ball to Rebic who lays it wide for Perisic on the right. Perisic puts in the cross, it has too much on it for Rakitic to reach.
Finally, one of these two sides decide to do something. Brathwaite gets in and tries to work the ball in, it is blocked by a Croatian defender. He then decides to take the shot himself and it is nowhere near the goal.
The start of this half is truly a contrast to the first. Utterly nothing of note has happened. Both sides have had somewhat equal possession.