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Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Denmark's Christian Eriksen fights for the ball with Montenegro's Adam Marusic and Vladimir Jovovic during the FIFA WC 2018 Group E football qualification match between

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.

After a tense affair at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Croatia book their quarter-final ticket after beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties.

The Barcelona midfielder's victor came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric. He wasn't just an effective attacking outlet, but an extra defender as well.

Croatia's captain and veteran playmaker Luka Modric played in that game, however, and was leading the team again on Sunday. Short pass to Eriksen, who attempts a shot from the distance but hits the ball directly to a Croatian player.

The second of the three all-European ties in the Round of 16 at Russian Federation 2018 is happening for the first time.

Both teams had scored their goals in an astonishing first four minutes at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, setting a new tournament record for the fastest time in which both teams have scored by just seven seconds.

12 minute: Corner for Croatia. That came after Ante Rebic was fouled in the 116th minute Mathias Jørgensen, with the goal at his mercy.

And, although the 1998 side featured the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki, the current crop boasts plenty of talent too in Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and more.

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.

81' - Substitution: Croatia's Josip Pivaric replaces an injured Ivan Strinic. The cross, though, sails wide right of the post after Dejan Lovren's header.

Milan Badelj (for Mandzukic 107) - 5 - Took the place of Croatia's lone striker and adequately slotted into the middle of the park as Kramaric move up top.

He also praised his fellow goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for his role with the Danish team.

29' - Two great chances for Croatia (first a shot by Ivan Rakitic and then one by Ivan Perisic) are defended well by Denmark. The Scandinavian side are expected to stick around with Martin Brathwaite ahead of Yussuf Poulsen.

45' - Substitution: Denmark's Lasse Schöne replaces Andreas Christensen.

Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto, Ronnow.

Ireland will play Denmark twice in the autumn as the sides meet in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.