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Croatia Qualifies for Quarter-final for the second time in their history

Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to take their place in the World Cup quarterfinals on a night for the goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Subotic who both saved 3 penalties each.

It makes it only the second time Croatia have qualified for the quarter-final round of the world cup in their history after reaching the semi-final in 1998.

The game started at an electric pace after both teams within four minutes of the start of the game.  After the bright start, the game settled into a stalemate with both teams looking to take their time and not push the issue.

The game went to extra-time and ultimately penalties as both teams were unable to find a way around the others’ defence. The best chance to win fell to Croatia who were given a penalty two minutes before the end of extra-time. Real Madrid player Luca Modric stepped up to take it. His effort was weak and was easily gathered by Leicester goal-keeepr Schmeichel.

He looked like the goal-keeper was going to be their hero, but Erikson, Schone and Jorgenson all lost their to give Croatia the advantage again.

Barcelona midfielder Rakitic took the last kick and coolly slotted it behind Schmeichel to send Croatian into the quarter-finals.

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