Croatia vs. Denmark - Football Match Report

Kristopher Nichols
July 2, 2018

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saves a penalty kick by Croatia's Luka Modric (right) five minutes from the end of extra time during the World Cup round of 16 match. Denmark run down the other end, before Eriksen wins a corner. We must be proud of that. Before the tournament, they were my dark horses because they've got two of the best midfielders in the world in their side in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Every time the ball went out on the touchline in the opposing half, up he came with his bionic appendage. "We are full of self-confidence".

Again, the goal owed more than a little to bad defending when a Sime Vrsaljko cross was hammered by Henrik Dalsgaard into fellow Dane Andreas Christensen and the ball fell obligingly in the penalty area to Mario Mandzukic who scored.

We'll have the final teams for you shortly. "The fact they have gone 18 games unbeaten speaks volumes", he said. They have very good players and we are preparing for that game with maximum seriousness. Four minutes later, we went on to penalties.

With the exception of a winter-tour squad consisting of home-based players only, the Danes have not lost since a 1-0 defeat to Montenegro in October 2016.

Three minutes of added time, Denmark have plenty forward trying to pinch a victor.

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Before Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, Knudsen had played just one game for Denmark in the past three years, and that was a friendly to boot.

Age Hareide's Denmark side are extremely disciplined and hard to break down, pretty much the polar opposite of the disheveled Argentina side that Croatia made mincemeat of last week.

Croatia's Ivan Perišić during training.

Luka Modric, the Real Madrid maestro who pulls the strings at the heart of the Croatia midfield, has been one of the best players so far in Russian Federation and Denmark will have to limit his influence to introduce any of their own.

"I don't like to compare players, particularly to myself", Modric said when asked about the duel.

Perisic fired in another threatening ball as Croatia carried the lion's share of the attacking threat, but Denmark came forward and star man Christian Eriksen's strike cannoned to safety. He has had a fantastic season at Tottenham, and I am sure he is (Denmark's) best player.

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