Croatia outlasts Demark in shootout, to face Russian Federation in World Cup quarterfinals

Croatia outlasts Demark in shootout, to face Russian Federation in World Cup quarterfinals

Croatia outlasts Demark in shootout, to face Russian Federation in World Cup quarterfinals

Croatia have won all their Group D matches, including a 3-0 hammering of Lionel Messi's Argentina.

However, they will come up against a Denmark team who have also not lost a match so far at the tournament. And you felt at times that - with the threat (real or imagined) of Eriksen - they might have been better off with someone permanently holding, whether one of the three or possibly a specialist like Badelj.

'The Croatians have a fantastic midfield and have probably been the best team in the tournament, ' said Hareide. "It will lift the national spirit in the country". Then, for 112 minutes, we had a war of attrition.

"It's seldom that we play like this, and the game against Croatia will be a very different spectacle". We do not think we are favourites in the game against Denmark. "We have a good opponent in the next round, it will be hard", said Lovren, who is expected to return to the starting XI.

"It will be a tough match, like any other game so far".

After the interval, the chances were even more sparse although Croatia did up the tempo towards the end of regulation time only to run into a resolute Denmark defence.

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In the evening, Belgium topped Group G after defeating England 1-0, while a complete dead rubber saw Tunisia edge out beat Panama. These will be to-the-death matches, so these are extreme situations, [you have] to play a great game from the beginning.

Both matches will be broadcast live on SONY ESPN, TEN 3 and TEN 2.

However, the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and Dejan Lovren will all come back into the side for the knockout clash.

Croatia with two thirds of possession, but Eriksen looking to spark something on the counter for Denmark. The Scandinavian side were unbeaten in their practice games coming into the World Cup.

Denmark have qualified for quarterfinals only once, they beat Nigeria 4-1 ( in the round of 16) in the 1998 World Cup in France.

Despite a pulsating start to the match, both sides would ultimately fail to find the back of the net for the remaining 85 minutes, and so the match entered extra-time for only the second time during this year's World Cup finals. But Croatia have just enough artillery in their skill set to cross Denmark's hurdle but they might have to grind it out to achieve the desired result. If you are Croatia you've got to be thinking you've got a big chance of winning the World Cup. Croatia on the ball for the moment however. Everything that's been asked of them they've done. In addition to scoring a superb long-range strike against Argentina, Modric has been outstanding in Russian Federation, as has fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

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