Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic Key As Croatia Face Denmark

Hope Soto
July 2, 2018

Here is the penalty shootout.

105' (+2) - First period of extra time ends.

Croatia have been creating chances to score but have only failed. He volleys wide of the goal though. Tactical change is required. Denmark is 80-1 to win the entire 2018 World Cup after opening at 100-1, while Croatia is 12-1 after opening at 60-1.

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. Mandzukic fires the ball into the Danish goal. Heart-stopping moments for both the teams came and went but none could take the lead. At half-time, the score was one goal each.

It remained 1-1 midway through the first half.

The Vatreni have been one of the sensations of the tournament to date.

Croatia has confirmed their dark horse credentials with three group stage wins over Nigeria, Argentina & Iceland.

The Tottenham playmakers past and present hold down important roles for their national sides, with Modric outstanding for Croatia so far at Russian Federation 2018 and Eriksen Denmark's main attacking threat.

Croatia's offense has come to life in Russian Federation 2018, scoring seven goals, but its defense has also been stellar.

Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.

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Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto, Ronnow.

Croatia has been one of the most impressive teams through the World Cup Group stage. What a match this is turning out to be, 2 goals under five minutes.

Rakitic made the comments about Eriksen ahead of World Cup last-16 tie between Croatia and Denmark on Sunday evening.

As hard as they have been to break down, the Danes have struggled to creative chances with any real fluency in this World Cup.

Mark Lawrenson, BBC Sport: "I have been very impressed by Croatia, I can not really see a weak link in their midfield, either centrally or out wide, and they have an attacking outlook right through their team".

Denmark's coach also said the two teams have similar playing styles, but stressed that he has confidence in his squad to deal with the match.

Follow along for live updates and highlights as Croatia and Denmark play for a spot in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals and a match against Russian Federation.

After Russia's dramatic victory over Spain some fans weren't expecting much from the late game in the World Cup, Croatia against Denmark.

"Since going down 1-0 to Montenegro, we have not lost, and I think we have built something good since then".

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