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

Mathias Jorgensen - 5 - Opened his Denmark account in fine fashion after netting in the first minute, and went on to have an impressive game were it not for conceding a penalty in the last five minutes of the match, which was ultimately saved by Schmeichel.

Christian Eriksen - The playmaker is Denmark's biggest hope of defeating Croatia.

Modric set up Rebic, having a field day down the right, but this time the cross was fractionally too high with two teammates waiting in the middle.

Free kick for Croatia wide on the left of the Danish area after Rebic is bought down.

That means the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic should feature.

65' - Croatia gets a chance with a well-placed corner, but the Denmark defense holds strong and clears the ball.

Dejan Lovren nearly got the second goal for the Croats seven minutes before the break with a glancing header that sailed just wide of the upright.

Denmark made a change at the break, bringing on Lasse Schone for Christensen as they sought to bolster their midfield, and within seconds of the restart Perisic was involved again but fired a speculative effort miles over.

90' (+4) - Second half ends.

Denmark starting to look more assured on the ball.

Marcelo Brozovic can provide stability at the base of midfield, Ivan Perisic is risky on the flank and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric is an effective playmaker. The Scandinavian side were unbeaten in their practice games coming into the World Cup.

106' - Second period of extra time begins.

"We know that we don't seem like the most fearsome bunch to go up against", midfielder Thomas Delaney said.

However, they will come up against a Denmark team who have also not lost a match so far at the tournament.

Then Mario Mandzukic tapped home after some hilarious pin-ball in the Denmark box.

Croatia's Luka Modric had the chance to send his team into a quarter-final against hosts Russian Federation with a penalty four minutes from the end of extra time but Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his left to save the spot kick.

Hareide said there are no plans to nullify Real Madrid's Modric, arguably the best midfield player of the tournament to date. Kjaer blasted home for the Danes before Kramaric kept his cool to beat Schmeichel from the spot.

Update: The victor of Croatia and Denmark's game will take on Russian Federation in the round of eight. Subasic was phenomenal saving three penalties. They are a limited side with a handful of decent players and one superstar in Christian Eriksen.

  • Stacy Allen