Luka Modric hails "world class" Christian Eriksen ahead of last-16 tie
02 July, 2018, 00:25
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Croatia vs. Denmark 2018 FIFA World CupRound of 16 showdown, see the streaming instructions at the bottom of this article. A Denmark clearance attempt from its own area bounced off a defender, right into the path of Mario Mandzukic.
This has given added impetus to this tie with both sides being impressive going into tonight's battle in Nizhny Novgorod.
The Croatia v Denmark kick-off time is set for 7pm BST, which is 9pm local time in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, where the game is being played. Victorious in all three of their group games, they are the fourth highest-scoring side in the competition and have played some vibrant football at times, not least in the heavy defeat of Argentina. Only Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric kept their place in the starting lineup.
'The Croatians have a fantastic midfield and have probably been the best team in the tournament, ' said Hareide.
PioneSisto (for Braithwaite 105) - 6 - Injected pace and precision for the final 15 minutes, and immediately looked like Denmark's most risky player.
29' - Two great chances for Croatia (first a shot by Ivan Rakitic and then one by Ivan Perisic) are defended well by Denmark.
Given Croatia's likely dominance in possession, Denmark will have to rely on their defensive solidity and ability to be clinical on the counter-attack.
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Kasper Schmeichel - With 2 clean sheets in 3 matches, Schmeichel has already stamped his authority on this side.
39' - A set piece for Croatia nearly results in a goal. Croatia work the ball into Denmark's box.
"The type of game we will play will be different, we need to play differently to progress". They too are seeking to match their 1998 achievement when they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by Brazil in what was their best World Cup showing.
These sides have met each other five times. The only previous encounter between the two in a major tournament was at Euro 1996.
"It will be a tough match, like any other game so far". "Here at the World Cup he has had one assist and one goal". Denmark have scored 7 and conceded 12.
Simon Kjaer finally opened the penalty shootout proceedings with a brilliant spotkick that found the top corner, but Andrej Kramaric leveled it at 1-1 moments later.
By contrast, Denmark have disappointed, scraping through Group C despite three ordinary performances, and it would be a huge surprise were they to make it past the last eight.