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.
Croatia vs Denmark Live Score FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: Croatia's coach and captain hailed their "fantastic" World Cup so far and declared themselves ready to beat Denmark on Sunday in a quest to emulate their predecessors' greatest triumph two decades ago. Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.
"We've played fantastically in the group stage. We must be proud of that. But for this new game, we must forget all that went before," said captain Luka Modric, a 12-year-old when Croatia reached the semi-final in France in 1998.
"It is a stern test for us, but it is high time that this generation hurdles this obstacle which we haven't hurdled since 1998. I expect us to be capable of doing that ... We are full of self-confidence."
Though Croatia are favourites on Sunday, and are some people's surprise pick to win the whole tournament, coach Zlatko Dalic said Denmark's solid team play and strong defence should not be under-estimated.
"We have the highest possible respect for the Danish team. The fact they have gone 18 games unbeaten speaks volumes," he said. "What awaits us is a very difficult match ... The group stage will mean nothing if we do not verify that tomorrow."
With the exception of a winter-tour squad consisting of home-based players only, the Danes have not lost since a 1-0 defeat to Montenegro in October 2016. Modric, who has already scored two goals, will be expected once again to pull the strings for Croatia from midfield.