Croatia vs Denmark, Kick-Off Time: 11:30 P.M. (IST)
Rampant Croatia faces unbeaten Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday with a spot in the quarter-finals at stake.
So, this weekend…
France vs Argentina
Uruguay vs Portugal
Spain vs Russia
Croatia vs Denmark
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The Croatian side stunned the world by topping the group and claiming the full 9 points on their way to the knockout stage. They won all three matches in Group D, including an impeccable 3-0 win against Argentina and a 2-1 win over Iceland which was accomplished in spite of making nine changes.
Nevertheless, they will face a Denmark side who have likewise not lost a game so far in the tournament. Similar to the Croatians, Denmark is hoping to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history.
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Neither of these teams have conceded from open play at this World Cup yet, with the only goal conceded by both sides coming from the penalty spot. This would mean the game would be extremely tightly woven and the side which gets the breakthrough first will likely keep the victory safe.
Croatia: The big-name players who were rested in Tuesday’s victory against Iceland will be called up. Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren, and Mario Mandzukic will definitely be amongst the names returning to the starting line-up. Badlej might keep his place due to his man of the match performance against Iceland.
Denmark: While, Denmark midfielder William Kvist may start, notwithstanding the punctured lung and breaking two ribs in their opening group-stage victory over Peru. Winger Yussuf Poulsen is available following a one-game ban versus France.
Croatia: Danijel Subasic | Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic | Ivan Rakitic, Milan Badelj, Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic | Mario Mandzukic
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel | Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard | Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Pione Sisto, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Yurary Poulsen | Nicolai Jorgensen
Croatia: Luka Modric is one of the best midfielders in the game and Croatia have certainly benefitted from that. The Real Madrid maestro has scored 2 goals in the group stage and will hope to add more for his country.
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Denmark: Christian Eriksen is the gem of the Danish national team. The Tottenham star, who has already registered a goal and an assist in the competition, is going to play a crucial role in this winner-takes-all match against the Croatians.
Form – Last 5
Croatia: W | W | W | W | L
Denmark: D | D | W | W | D
Betting Odds – Sky Bet
Croatia 2 – 1 Denmark: Even though Denmark have been undefeated in 18 games till now, Croatia look likely to finish the game as victors as the quality of football seem to be on different levels. The match is bound to be a close call, but Croatia will most likely edge Denmark to reach the quarter-finals.
Where to watch?
TV Channels (India) – Sony TEN 2, 3 & Sony ESPN – 11:30 P.M IST
In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.