Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Virginia Santiago
July 2, 2018

Denmark coach Age Hareide is counting on Christian Eriksen outshining Real Madrid ace Luka Modric when they meet Croatia. "It could be a match between Modric and Eriksen in midfield".

Given their high profiles, plenty of focus has fallen on how they will get on in Nizhny Novgorod, with their rivalry widely portrayed as being crucial to how Sunday's game will unfold.

The Danes are confident that anything Modric can do Eriksen can do just as well and Hareide promised a more attacking style to that seen in the group stage.

Eriksen then played an astute pass into the path of Braithwaite, who steered it goalwards from an angle but saw Subasic block. He has had a fantastic season at Tottenham, and I am sure he is (Denmark's) best player. "He's the most important player for Denmark".

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The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. No individual can do it on their own. "Individuals can dictate certain incidents but the most important thing is how we perform as a team on the pitch". They punctuated a ideal 3-0 record with a resounding 3-0 win over Lionel Messi and Argentina. "But this game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we've already done to tomorrow's game". In-form Croatia take on Denmark, who have looked lacklustre in the group stages, at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.

"It will be a stern test for us", Modric said. "I also think that Croatia is aware, so there is no doubt that it respects us", Kjaer said at a press conference.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Zlatko Dalic or Åge Hareide? "I would be the happiest man in the world if it were Luka because it would have meant Croatia did something significant".

They are in fine form, too, riding an 18-game unbeaten wave.

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Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic during training. "We have a good opponent in the next round, it will be hard".

Denmark have relied upon the considerable creative talents of Christian Eriksen to provide their spark so far, and that's unlikely to change against Croatia.

Superb play from Rebic saw him beat Knudsen and cross, but Pivaric saw his strike blocked before Schone struck wide at the other end.

He also praised his fellow goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for his role with the Danish team. Below are some of the most popular to help you on your way.

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