Croatia look to overcome Denmark to reach quarter-final

Croatia look to overcome Denmark to reach quarter-final
epa06814456 Luka Modric (L) of Croatia celebrates with teammate Ante Rebic after scoring the 2-0 lead from the penalty spot during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Croatia and Nigeria in Kaliningrad, Russia, 16 June 2018.

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jun 30, 2018. 13:00

Croatia will lock horns with Denmark in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 game at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russia on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT.

The Blazers progressed into the Round of 16 after winning Group D ahead of runners-up Argentina, who lost to Croatia.

Croatia are back in the Round of 16 for the first time since the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France, who defeated the Blazers in the semi-finals.

The European side, who were previously known as Yugoslavia, will be eager to reach the quarter-finals for the seventh time since the inception of the global tournament in 1930.

Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric are the Blazers' dangermen and they will look to play an important role in helping their nation win.

Meanwhile, Denmark reached this stage of the tournament after finishing second in Group C behind France, who drew with th Danish Dynamite.

The Danish Dynamite are back in this stage for the first time since 1998. They managed to advance to the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals where they lost to Brazil.

The European side are hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the second time in the history of the global tournament.

Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Eriksen are influential players for the Danish Dynamite and they have the ability to inspire their team to victory against Croatia.

In head-to-head stats according to the FIFA.com, Croatia and Denmark have clashed five times.

Th Blazers and Danish Dynamite have both recorded two wins each, while one game ended in a draw.




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