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Cape Town - Croatia have advanced through to the quarter-finals of the Soccer World Cup in Russia after defeating Denmark in a thrilling penalty shootout on Sunday evening.

As it happened: Croatia v Denmark

Denmark got off to the perfect start in the first minute, when Mathias Jorgensen scored his first goal for his country, as he pokes a shot that sneaks under keeper Danijel Subasic.

However, it wasn't too long - three minutes to be exact - when Croatia produced the equaliser through Mario Mandzukic

After 90 minutes, both teams were still level 1-1 and the game went into extra time.

Danes Kasper Schmeichel saved a vital Luka Modric penalty that took both teams into a penalty shootout.

Croatia then went on to 3-2 win Denmark in nail-biting penalties.

Earlier on this evening, hosts Russia delivered a huge upset by knocking out former World Cup champions Spain out of the tournament - in a dramatic penalty shootout.

This means that Croatia will face Russia in the quarter-finals later this week.

READ: Russia shock Spain in nail-biting penalty shootout

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