Croatia have booked their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s FIFA World Cup by beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Denmark scored first in the first one minute of the match. Mathias Joergensen hit the net in the 57th second.
Mario Mandzukic gave the Croats the equaliser in a superb goal three minutes later.
After either side failed to take the lead in 90 minutes, Argentina referee Nestor Pitana signaled the end of the game, as the tie headed for extra time.
The first 15 minutes of the extra time went without either side finding the back of the net despite the many attacking moves by the two teams.
With less than six minutes to the end of the extra minutes of the game, Mathias Joergensen hacked Ante Rebic down in the 18-yard box.
The Croats were awarded a penalty but Luka Modric failed to convert the chance as the game further stretched into penalties.
Croatia scored three of their penalties – just one more than the Danish side to progress to the next round where they will face host country Russia in the quarter finals.
This is the first time Croatia will play a FIFA World Cup quarter final match in 20 years. In 1998, they reached the semis and were eliminated by the hosts France.