After a thrilling start to the match, with both sides scoring in the opening four minutes, Croatia needed penalties to see off a brave Denmark side that played their most adventurous football of the competition but without reward.
The Danes opened the scoring in the opening minute, as Mathias Jorgensen shot though a sea of legs and saw the ball squirm under Danijel Subasic’s body and over the line. The Scandinavians’ joy lasted just three minutes. Presented with Croatia’s first chance, Mario Mandzukic tucked home a loose ball to restore parity.
Croatia became more dominant as the half wore on, with Luka Modric directing traffic from a more withdrawn position than in other games. Denmark had their chances, however, with Christian Eriksen clipping the crossbar.