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Lovren's Croatia qualify for World Cup quarter-finals

Lovren's Croatia qualify for World Cup quarter-finals

After Russia's dramatic victory over Spain some fans weren't expecting much from the late game in the World Cup, Croatia against Denmark.

However, the lead would last just a few moments as Mario Mandzukic benefitted from some equally slack defending at the opposite end of the pitch to level the score, with the Juventus forward firing into the Danish net.

Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer expects the Leicester City keeper to be Mr reliable again today when the surprise 1982 European champions, who featured Kasper's father Peter, take on Luka Modric and co. Croatia are perhaps small favorites if you look at the clubs where the players come from.

"We've played fantastically in the group stage, we must be proud of that, but this new game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we've already done to Sunday's game".

That apart, it was an uneventful start to the second half with none of the frenetic pace that had characterised the beginning of the first, Knudsen crossing towards Andreas Cornelius but Subasic claiming.

Free-kick to Croatia after Rebic goes down in a challenge. If Croatia's golden generation are to take this golden opportunity, they must improve on this.

Ivan Perisic should have sent the Vatreni ahead in the 28th minute after pouncing on a loose ball inside the box but he skied his effort over the bar. Sime Vrsaljko, 6. Dejan Lovren, 21.

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.

It has been a long wait for both these sides to enter the knockout phase with Denmark last qualifying from their group in 2002 while Croatia did the same last in 1998. Subs - Badelj 6, Kramaric 5, Pivaric 5, Kovacic 6.

Denmark, of course, have their own superstar in Tottenham's Christian Eriksson.

Denmark striker Yussuf Poulsen is back from suspension and is expected to be named in Hareide's starting line-up. Subs - Krohn-Dehli 5, Schone 7, Jorgensen 5, Sisto 6. But Jorgensen saved what would have surely been a goal, and then his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel came to the rescue.

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh here for most recent updates).

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