Croatia vs Denmark - Preview, Live Match | 01 Jul 2018

Virginia Santiago
July 2, 2018

Croatia made nine changes from their last World Cup Group D match for the knockout match against Denmark on Sunday, reverting to the team that impressively beat Argentina 3-0.

Those fools were quickly put in their place.

While Denmark are the underdogs, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic will see this match as a "genuine test" of his nation's "golden generation", says reporter Vjekoslav Paun.

Zlatko Dalic made eight changes to his line-up for the final group game versus Iceland, but is nearly certain to bring the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mario Mandzukic back into the starting XI for this one.

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Zlatko Dalic's side surprised some by winning all three of their Group G games on their way to the last 16 at Russian Federation 2018.

"We've played fantastically in the group stage", Modric said.

With Messi and Ronaldo both out of the tournament, Croatia captain Luka Modric has risen to become a household name with stellar play.

Denmark must be exhausted of hearing about Croatia's success thus far. But despite managerial turmoil, the Vatreni achieved a brilliant turnaround and were one of the three sides that went unbeaten in the group stages.

Hareide said there are no plans to nullify Real Madrid's Modric, arguably the best midfield player of the tournament to date.

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Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic rates Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen highly.

Russian Federation were dominant in their opening two matches of the tournament, putting five goals past Saudi Arabia and another three against Egypt. Uruguay exposed them in their final match to finish second in Group A, leaving Stanislav Cherchesov and his team with a huge task on their hands this afternoon to produce a stunning upset.

And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

However, some critics have accused them of being too defensive-minded, and the manager knows they need to offer new solutions against Croatia. He has scored two goals in Croatia's charge to the last 16 with three wins out of three.

- Croatia have won all of their three matches coming into this game which is their longest ever streak of wins in the competition. Denmark will make life hard for them but in the end, Croatia's quality will show and they'll break them down.

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