They did it on penalty shootout. Croats beat the Danes 3-2 on penalties with Ivan Rakitic being the matchwinner.
Thus the Croatian national team made it to the last eight of the tournament where they will face the host country, Russia.
The latter stun Spain only to manage and book its World Cup quarter-final place; skysports.com reports that “Stanislav Cherchesov’s side edged their more-fancied opponents 4-3 on penalties after the two nations failed to be separated following 120 minutes of football in the Russian capital.”
Zlatko Dalic’s team reaches the last eight for the first time since 1998.
As the telegraph.co.uk reports, thanks to Croatia’s performance in the last minutes of the match with Denmark, the former’s “disappointing wider performance will be largely overlooked”.
All sports correspondents and reporters cannot but point out that this Croatian national team’s performance, brought the Croats to “their first World Cup quarter-final for 20 years and, positioned with England in the theoretically kinder bottom half of the draw, have themselves a wonderful opportunity to reach the final in Moscow on July 15.”
“Having just wasted one chance to win the game from the penalty spot, Modric also showed considerable bravery to step up and score in a shoot-out that would finally end with Ivan Rakitic’s decisive strike.
“Luka said himself, ‘I am going to shoot’,” said manager Zlatko Dalic. “Can you imagine what would have happened if he had not scored? He took the responsibility as a true captain.”…. / IBNA
Main Photo: Excitement among Croat players after their victorious game with Danmark