The Tottenham man is a dual threat player, capable of both scoring and creating and the player most likely to conjure a trick to unlock the Croatian rearguard. A long throw-in fell for Mathias Jorgensen by the far post, and he squeezed his left-footed chance through traffic for the first worldwide goal of his career to cement a dream start for the Danes.
Mateo Kovacic (for Brozovic 70) - 5 - Looked to bring more energy to the match after Croatia lost their way in the second half, but failed to really control the ball in the middle of the park. But Denmark, unbeaten in 18 games coming into the game, provided tough opposition.
Croatia are expected to make wholesale changes to their starting line up for their World Cup Round of 16 tie against Denmark.
Croatia's plan at the moment seems to be the following: Hold possession, get the ball into the wide areas, cross in for Mandzukic.
Croatia have not gone past the World Cup group stage since 1998, when they were semi-finalists in France and only edged out by the hosts. The stage is now set for the 32-year old to deliver World Cup glory for the Croatians.
'We know they have very skilful players and are very flexible but you will see a different Denmark.
He also praised his fellow goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for his role with the Danish team.