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

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2018

'The Croatians have a fantastic midfield and have probably been the best team in the tournament, ' said Hareide. We must be very careful.

By contrast, Croatia stormed through Group D, winning all three games and put in arguably the best performance of the first stage, a 3-0 thumping of Argentina, in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will also play Denmark.

The Vatreni heavily rotated their side in the final group game against Iceland, making nine changes from a 3-0 win against Argentina.

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

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

'We know they have very skilful players and are very flexible but you will see a different Denmark.

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That means the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic should feature. But despite managerial turmoil, the Vatreni achieved a brilliant turnaround and were one of the three sides that went unbeaten in the group stages. In 1998, Denmark made a run to the quarterfinals, while Croatia lost in the semis and beat the Netherlands in the third-place consolation match.

The World Cup match between Croatia and Denmark will be broadcast live on Fox.

Mario Mandzukic - Though Mandzukic scored just 9 goals for Juventus last season, his work rate and physicality is extremely crucial to Croatia going forward.

Denmark striker Yussuf Poulsen is back from suspension and is expected to be named in Hareide's starting line-up.

Denmark have reached the knockout stages for the fourth time in five appearances after 1986, 1998 and 2002. It must be buzzing in Croatia at the moment because they have been excellent in this tournament so far. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong Croatia-Denmark money-line pick, all from a European football expert whose powerful model is up 1,800 percent in less than three years. Everything that's been asked of them they've done.

The key to unlocking the Danish defence will likely be how well Croatia's superstar pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic can set a quick tempo from the base of midfield.

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