Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates

Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates

LINE-UPSCroatia: Danijel Subasic, Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida; Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric (capt), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic; Ante Rebic, Mario Mandzukic Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Knudsen, Simon Kjaer (capt), Andreas Christensen, Henrik Dalsgaard; Mathias Jorgensen, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen; Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

But captained by former Spurs standout and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Croatia made it through their three group stage games with a flawless 3-0 record and emerged as the fourth-highest scoring side in the 2018 World Cup tournament, according to FIFA.com, and soccer experts believe the current Croatian team may be better than the 1998 edition that made it to the semifinals of the World Cup that year, ultimately to finish third.

"I don't like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself", he told reporters at Saturday's press conference.

Denmark's goal was the third ever in the opening minute of a World Cup knockout stage match, coming in behind Sweden's goal in a 1938 semifinal and North Korea's in a 1966 quarterfinal - and both of those teams went on to lose the match.

Croatia will once again depend on Modric, who has been in outstanding form, and fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic to deliver the goods.

Fans will be waiting to see who comes out on top between Modric, and Christian Eriksen, Denmark's standout player. Modric to take, the cross is hit with real power, finding Lovren who can't get his flick-on on target.

Southgate: Germany's exit has no bearing on England
"When the coach [Hernan Dario Gomez] said we were coming here to learn, that is exactly what he meant", explained Baloy. That meant Gareth Southgate's side finished second and they play Group H winners Colombia on Tuesday (7pm).

'He's a wonderful player but they have other skilful players and we need to handle him collectively, ' he added.

"It is a stern test for us, but it is high time that this generation hurdles this obstacle which we haven't hurdled since 1998".

While this is easier said than done against a team that won all three of their group games, including a 3-0 thrashing of Argentina, they will at least back themselves to hold out until late into the match. A low scoring, methodically played match will play to Denmark's advantage. No individual can do it on their own.

"He is a world-class player", Modric said of the Dane.

"I expect us to be capable of doing that". We don't have too many weaknesses'.

Both teams concidentally had their best World Cup showings 20 years ago.

Like this: