Croatia vs. Denmark - Football Match Report


Of Denmark's two goals at the tournament so far, Eriksen has scored one and assisted the other, which gives an idea of his importance to the team.

Mario Mandzukic - Though Mandzukic scored just 9 goals for Juventus last season, his work rate and physicality is extremely crucial to Croatia going forward.

Croatia have reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time after 1998.

Both sides missed their first and fouth penalties as goalkeepers Schmeichel and Danijel Subasic stole the show.

So after another lively affair how did the players rate? Could this be the first penalty shoot-out of the tournament? Sime Vrsaljko, 6. Dejan Lovren, 21. Modric finds Perisic out on the left, he looks to cross but Poulsen blocks.

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Marcelo Brozovic - 5 - Anchored the midfield diligently as he occupied a more deep-lying midfield role to release the shackles from Modric and Rakitic. Ante Rebic 10. Luka Modric (c), 4. Modric to take, the cross is hit with real power, finding Lovren who can't get his flick-on on target.

Croatia bounced back nearly immediately and in the 4th minuted leveled when Mandzukic finished off from a lucky rebound off a Danish defender.

Croatia were passing the ball around nicely in the opening stages of the second half but the Scandinavians were a threat on the transition.

81' - Substitution: Croatia's Josip Pivaric replaces an injured Ivan Strinic.

Denmark coach, Age Hareide, wants his side to play more attacking football against Croatia and the team will rely heavily on key player Christian Eriksen for that.

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However, some critics have accused them of being too defensive-minded, and the manager knows they need to offer new solutions against Croatia.

Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer expects the Leicester City keeper to be Mr reliable again today when the surprise 1982 European champions, who featured Kasper's father Peter, take on Luka Modric and co.

Henrik Dalsgaard - 6 - The Brentford defender was the more influential full-back, and he stood up to the challenge of marking both Rebic and Perisic well, as the Croatian wingers had little luck against the 28-year-old.

A frantic start saw Denmark score in under a minute as Mathias Jorgensen latched onto the end of a long throw that caused mayhem in the six-yard-box, but just three minutes later Mario Mandzukic equalised with a clinical finish after the ball punballed around the penalty area.

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South Korea's superstar Son Heung-min found the ball in Germany's half and slotted it into their unattended net. Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in the group's other match meant the pair advanced on six points apiece.