The Croatians go into the last 16 tie in Nizhny Vovgorod as one of only two countries to gain maximum points in the group stage but Danish coach Age Hareide's resilient team are in no mood to exit the tournament with their second ever World Cup quarterfinal place at stake. Croatia, having edged out Denmark and seen Spain removed from their path, will hope that omen can push them on to success in Russian Federation.
A dramatic start saw both sides find the net in the opening four minutes, with Mathias Jorgensen bundling the ball over the line for Denmark after just 57 seconds.
It didn't take long for the Croats to equalise, though, as Mario Mandžukić drew his side level nearly immediately after the restart to net from close range and against the run of play, 1-1. He comes off the field for the time being.
Rebic has Knudsen on a plate on the right edge for Croatia! Eriksen and Poulsen exchange passes, before Eriksen crosses in and hits the bar!
But if they can frustrate Croatia and afford them only futile possession, they could yet cause an upset, especially with Eriksen in the side.
Denmark (4-3-3): 1. Kasper Schmeichel (gk), 14. Zlatko Dalic opted for Modric, Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic, with Mateo Kovacic initially on the bench.
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The surprise from the game was how little was seen from Eriksen and Modric.
Pione Sisto: The nimble-footed, wily left winger can possess a lot of questions to Croatia's defence. "The fact they have gone 18 games unbeaten speaks volumes", he said.
90 minutes:Attempts fail as the match heads into extra time. 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.
106' - Second period of extra time begins.
Given Croatia's likely dominance in possession, Denmark will have to rely on their defensive solidity and ability to be clinical on the counter-attack. Kjaer blasted home for the Danes before Kramaric kept his cool to beat Schmeichel from the spot.
Croatia captain Luka Modric, who also scored in the shootout, had a chance to put his team ahead late in injury time but his penalty was saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.