sport news World Cup day 18: 10 things you missed

The World Cup knockout stages have thrown up some wonderful matches so far ahead of England's last 16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were eliminated from the tournament on day 18 after France beat Argentina in a seven-goal thriller while Uruguay bested Portugal to advance into the quarter-finals.

There are, however, some things you may not have known about day 18. Sportsmail brings you 10 things you may have missed from the day's action in Russia.

Croatia sent Denmark crashing out of the World Cup on penalties in Nizhny Novgorod

Croatia sent Denmark crashing out of the World Cup on penalties in Nizhny Novgorod

Peter's proud as punch

After Croatia were awarded a penalty deep into extra time, it looked as if Denmark were heading out with just minutes remaining. 

Ante Rebic rounded Kapser Schmeichel before being fouled in front of an open goal to give Luka Modric the chance to send Croatia into the last eight.

However, the Danish goalkeeper thwarted Modric by comfortably saving the spot kick and sending the game into a penalty shootout.

After the spot kick was saved, Kasper's father and legendary goalkeeper, Peter, jumped out of his seat and punched the air with joy following his son's heroics.

Lovely moment. 

Peter Schmeichel can barely watch as Luka Modric steps up to take a peanlty against his son

Peter Schmeichel can barely watch as Luka Modric steps up to take a peanlty against his son

Kasper Schmeichel manages to comfortably save Modric's penalty in extra time

Kasper Schmeichel manages to comfortably save Modric's penalty in extra time

Father Peter leaps out of his seat after watching his son dive to his left to save the penalty

Father Peter leaps out of his seat after watching his son dive to his left to save the penalty

The 54-year-old lets out a huge roar as Kapser keeps Denmark in the game late on

The 54-year-old lets out a huge roar as Kapser keeps Denmark in the game late on

The legendary former goalkeeper punches the air with delight from the director's box

The legendary former goalkeeper punches the air with delight from the director's box

Croatia and Denmark get off to speedy start 

Croatia's last 16 showdown with Denmark got off to a flyer after both sides scored within four minutes in Nizhny Novgorod.

Mathias Jorgensen broke the deadlock inside a minute before Mario Mandzukic pounced on an unfortunate deflection for the Danes to make it all square early on.

The quick start from the two European sides mean it has become the second match in World Cup history to see both sides score inside four minutes, after Argentina's match with Nigeria in 2014.

Lionel Messi broke the deadlock inside three minutes before Ahmed Musa replied just a minute later in their group stage match in Brazil. 

However, it slowed down a lot after that 

After their electric start, it seems both Croatia and Denmark took their foot off the pedal for the following 85 minutes.

And it showed. One young fan got so bored of the action that he resorted to entertainment on his phone.

Rumour has it that he was watching the highlights from the France and Argentina game. 

Spain's long wait to beat a host nation goes on

Spain's long wait to beat a host nation at a World Cup goes on after Russia beat Fernando Hierro's men on penalties.

Spain have come up against the host nation five times over four different World Cups, having faced twice in 1934, Brazil in 1950 and South Korea in 2002.

The Italians beat them over two legs in the quarter-finals 84 years ago while Brazil thrashed Spain 6-1 in the semis. 

Sunday's defeat to Russia was the second time Spain were eliminated by the hosts on penalties after South Korea knocked them out of the last eight 16 years ago.

Russia's Igor Akinfeev celebrates after helping his side beat Spain on penalties on Sunday

Russia's Igor Akinfeev celebrates after helping his side beat Spain on penalties on Sunday

Spain still have not beaten a host nation at a World Cup after they were eliminated on penalties

Spain still have not beaten a host nation at a World Cup after they were eliminated on penalties

Jordi Alba almost loses his head

It just wasn't Jordi Alba's day against the Russians.

Despite dominating in possession, Spain struggled to break the hosts down in open play and Alba got the ball

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