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Sport Croatia match preview v Denmark

17:25  01 july  2018
17:25  01 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Denmark v Australia: Match Preview

  Denmark v Australia: Match Preview Day eight of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia sees the return of Group C, where Denmark take on Australia. Denmark face the Aussies on the back of a hard fought 1-0 win against Peru thanks to Yussuf Poulsen’s second half goal, whilst Australia have it all to do after falling to a 2-1 defeat against France despite an encouraging performance. With France expected to beat Peru, this contest could see Denmark join them in the last 16 with a win, but Australia will want to avoid an early World Cup exit and will take plenty of positives from their group opener against the European Championship finalists to try and get a result here. Denmark should expect a similar test here as they did with Peru. Players such as Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic never look to allow opposition midfielders time and space with the ball, something which William Kvist and Christian Eriksen will need to be wary of. They have an abundance of energy and stamina and a lot of their good work starts here; they will need this to push Denmark for a result here, but will also need to be a lot more clinical in the final third. Whilst Peru gave it a good go, Denmark managed to show some good organisation and were quick to take their chance on the counter attack. They also have a great advantage with Christian Eriksen and his specialism with a dead ball, so Australia should be wary of committing fouls in dangerous areas. This could be just as close as the two opening group games and with both nations needing a result for different reasons, you would once again expect a goal to be enough to separate these sides if somebody was going to win it. Kick off is at 1pm in Samara.

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Croatia were one of only three teams that won all three group games along with Belgium and Uruguay.

They also arguably had the toughest group in the World Cup and managed to produce good performances throughout those three games and maintain consistency.

However, they play their first World Cup knockout game since 1998 and many expect them to win against fellow European side Denmark.

In their last match against Iceland in Rostov, Croatia had a much changed team with only Modric and Perisic retaining their places in the team.

Iceland v Croatia: Match Preview

  Iceland v Croatia: Match Preview Iceland and Croatia are no strangers to playing against each other, just as they did in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Back then, both registered a win apiece in qualifying against each other with Iceland topping the group. However, in this tournament both have experienced contrasting fortunes. Croatia have won both of their games with style, swagger and air of confidence and look like a team that can go far in the tournament. Meanwhile, Iceland’s first campaign has been mixed. After such a high in their opening game, in which they claimed a historic draw against World Cup heavyweights and two-time winners Argentina, they were very poor against Nigeria were brought back down to Earth with defeat in their second game. Croatia’s fate is already sealed as they know that after this game, they will be in the knockout stages, but top spot is not secured as of yet and they know if they avoid defeat, they will finish as winners of Group D. If Nigeria beat Argentina and Iceland win, Iceland will know that qualifying is out of reach and they will be boarding the plane home. Croatia are expected to make a few changes but are unlikely to weaken their side too much as they still have to play for top spot in the group.

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Croatia vs Denmark Match Preview . Croatia have been one of the most impressive sides in the group stage and they deservedly come into the last 16 round tie with Denmark as clear favorites to progress.

Also in that last match the players who particularly impressed were Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj and Andrej Kramaric.

Those three in particular would have given Dalic a headache after their good performances.

There were a few key points and one of them was that, Luka Modric was very on form and one of the stars of the group stages and he benefitted massively from playing in a higher role in central-midfield.

Against Nigeria and Argentina he scored and played the game in his own way and with some much freedom.

There have a great balance to their side as they defend and attack well and do it equally as good.

When they attack they have good numbers that go forward and when defending they have good numbers back which proves how organised and solid and adaptable they are to attacking and defending.

Denmark in the group stages proved to be a tough nut to crack and a hard side to break down, so don’t expect Denmark first 60 to 70 minutes to do a lot of attacking but definetly more defending and more frustration and what for their moment to pounce if Croatia make errors.

As they have done in their frist two games they have intended to attack and that will be the case tomorrow.

Russia v Croatia: Match Preview .
Host nation Russia are bidding to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1966 when they take on Croatia in the last quarter-final of 2018. Both sides will know whether they would be facing either England or Sweden in a semi-final clash by the time kick-off arrives in the evening. Russia continued to defy the odds and progressed from the last 16 after a shock result against 2010 World Champions Spain, whom they overcame on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Croatia were nowhere near as inspiring in their match against Denmark compared to their fantastic group stage performances, but they also managed to progress via a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Luka Modric had a penalty in extra time saved by Kasper Schmeichel but was amongst the scorers in the shootout as Croatia marched on. They are now looking to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1998. Both sides will sense a real opportunity here to reach the last four and a close encounter is surely on the cards. Having both won via penalties in the last 16, there will be no fear from either side heading into this fixture no matter how long it may take to separate the two nations. Russia are still set to be major underdogs in this clash but with the home support, they will be looking to take the game to a very clever Croatia outfit and deny them the space to control the game.

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