Croatia midfielder Luka Modric plays down Christian Eriksen midfield battle

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric plays down Christian Eriksen midfield battle

Croatia was arguably the best team in the World Cup group stage, and it will look to continue its run in the knockout rounds when it faces Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Sunday. Modric gears up to take it.

That apart, it was an uneventful start to the second half with none of the frenetic pace that had characterised the beginning of the first, Knudsen crossing towards Andreas Cornelius but Subasic claiming. Plus, full Croatia v Denmark TV channel details, the kick-off time and more.

Three minutes of added time, Denmark have plenty forward trying to pinch a victor. In their five previous meetings in friendlies and qualifiers, both sides have won two and drawn one.

However, some critics have accused them of being too defensive-minded, and the manager knows they need to offer new solutions against Croatia.

12 minute: Corner for Croatia.

Croatia were nearly ahead with five minutes remaining until the break when Modric's flighted free-kick was flicked narrowly wide by Dejan Lovren.

Mathias Jorgensen gave Denmark the lead after just 58 seconds but Mario Mandzukic levelled for Croatia in the fourth minute and the sides remained locked at 1-1 at the end of extra time. Croatia have impressed with their attacking abilities whereas Denmark have been a ideal mix of creative play and a pragmatic approach.

Denmark have proved to be a tough nut to crack this World Cup and we expect goals to come hard by in this one.

Who needs what to qualify in the final round of group games?
How Iran can qualify: Iran take on Portugal in the final game of the group stage knowing that only a win can help them qualify. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea , who have no points.

The only previous encounter between Croatia and Denmark in a major tournament was at Euro 1996.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 20h00.

Modric, who has already scored two goals, will be expected once again to pull the strings for Croatia from midfield. The stage is now set for the 32-year old to deliver World Cup glory for the Croatians. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a couple big stops.

The Real Madrid man stepped up - but Schmeichel guessed the right way to not only save but also hold the spot-kick to take the game into a shootout. Lasse Schone in for Andreas Christensen.

And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

Little was expected of Russian Federation, but through hard work and tactical nous, the hosts are in the midst of an improbable run to the quarterfinals.

Pione Sisto could be a key player for Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod.

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