Denmark - World Cup - 1 July 2018


In addition to scoring a superb long-range strike against Argentina, Modric has been outstanding in Russian Federation, as has fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic. His 31st goal for Croatia. "It's hard to see this game ending in anything but a Croatia win". They are a limited side with a handful of decent players and one superstar in Christian Eriksen. We'll be back shortly for the second spell.

Zlatko Dalic's side will undoubtedly dominate possession in Nizhny Novgorod, and Denmark's defence will have to be well organised to keep Croatia out.

The Danes will look for Christian Eriksen to lead the attack against Croatia.

39 minute: Free-kick to Croatia on the left-flank.

Marcelo Brozovic can provide stability at the base of midfield, Ivan Perisic is risky on the flank and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric is an effective playmaker.

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31 minute: Corner for Denmark. The ball squirts out for Eriksen to cross in again, but Subasic is up to the task. Schmeichel makes another save, but this time the rebound falls to Perisic - his shot goes over the bar for a goal kick.

The only previous encounter between Croatia and Denmark in a major tournament was at Euro 1996.

A cagey affair has taken over after such a frenetic start.

That means the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic should feature. Their second match was a 1-1 draw with Australia before they finish the group phase with a goalless draw against France.

1' Referee blows the whistle and the match gets underway with Denmark taking the opening kick.

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Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic during training. Ante Rebic 10. Luka Modric (c), 4. Mathias Jorgensen, 5. Jonas Knudsen, 6 Andreas Christensen, 8.

"We know that we don't seem like the most fearsome bunch to go up against", said midfielder Thomas Delaney. The Scandinavian side are expected to stick around with Martin Brathwaite ahead of Yussuf Poulsen.

Wow. Hosts Russia have stunned the footballing world this morning, eliminating 2010 champions Spain through a penalty shootout to book their quarter-final spot.

Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.

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