The stage is now set for the 32-year old to deliver World Cup glory for the Croatians.
Croatia have beaten Denmark in a penalty shootout to advance to the Fifa World Cup quarterfinals at Russian Federation 2018. Scoring has been an issue for them, Denmark have scored just two goals in three games at the World Cup.
But captained by former Spurs standout and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Croatia made it through their three group stage games with a flawless 3-0 record and emerged as the fourth-highest scoring side in the 2018 World Cup tournament, according to FIFA.com, and soccer experts believe the current Croatian team may be better than the 1998 edition that made it to the semifinals of the World Cup that year, ultimately to finish third.
GOAL! Denmark take the lead in the first minute!
He said the match could end up being decided by two opposing midfielders, Modric, one of the players of the tournament so far, and Denmark's highly-rated Eriksen.
Iniesta is regularly classed among the greats of the game and as a defining influence on Spain's success, but Modric's talents remain relatively unsung.
For Denmark, the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen, who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield.
Croatia's World Cup clash with Denmark looked as though it was going to finish with Kasper Schmeichel as the hero but in the end it was Subasic.
Later, at Croatia's press conference, Luka Modric would not respond to reported remarks in the Danish press attributed to Eriksen that "I don't consider myself to be worse than him (Modric)".
These sides have met each other five times. "He is the most important player for Denmark".
Denmark also have happy memories of that World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals, the nation's best ever performance. "We must not be arrogant", Dalic said. "We've come to perform well, to achieve something". But people shouldn't get used to seeing us play like we did against France.
Kasper has always been frustrated by the comparisons with his father Peter, but in Russian Federation he has beaten the former Manchester United goalkeeper's record of not conceding and was the reason for Denmark getting to the penalty shoot-out.
"He's a Croat, that's all I know", he deadpanned.