Croatia beat Denmark on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Christian Eriksen of Denmark throws his shirt to the fans following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

Croatia have been creating chances to score but have only failed. Tactical change is required.

First a Denmark long throw caused chaos in the Croatia box and Mathias Jørgensen tucked home after less than a minute!

However, they will come up against a Denmark team who have also not lost a match so far at the tournament. Mandzukic fires the ball into the Danish goal. Both of their losses came as friendlies in the month of January. At half-time, the score was one goal each.

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

Croatia topped their group, winning all three of their group games. "But for this new game, we must forget all that went before", said captain Luka Modric, a 12-year-old when Croatia reached the semi-final in France in 1998. A Denmark clearance attempt from its own area bounced off a defender, right into the path of Mario Mandzukic.

Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic. That was quick. Denmark stuns Croatia with an early strike on a set play.

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

"They allow few chances to score for the opposing team and they can be very unsafe on the attack".

Their tally of only two goals scored is the lowest of the 16 teams left in the competition although they remain unbeaten.

The Danes will know they are underdogs.

Hareide made his remarks at a press conference ahead of Sunday's last-16 match against Croatia, reports Efe.

This is the World Cup!

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So it'll be interesting to see how Croatia fare as heavy favourites against a team that will have little interest in attacking.

Modric scored a peach of a goal from distance against Argentina and along with FC Barcelona's Rakitic, has been pulling the strings brilliantly for his national team.

Eight Croatia players are one booking away from a one-match ban, but this will not impact selection.

Croatia looks to continue their impressive 2018 World Cup run against Denmark in both team's first elimination soccer game. "But I think we can settle it within 90 minutes". "Kasper is a great goalkeeper and I'm not surprised by his great level", Kjaer said.

Marcelo Brozovic can provide stability at the base of midfield, Ivan Perisic is unsafe on the flank and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric is an effective playmaker.

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