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Sport Russia v Croatia: Match Preview

13:50  07 july  2018
13:50  07 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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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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.

Croatia match preview v Denmark

  Croatia match preview v Denmark 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. 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.

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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.

Artem Dzyuba is likely to start again up front after seeming to take his chance ahead of Fedor Smolov in the last few games and Aleksandr Golovin will once again by key in creating the chances for Russia.

Spurs battling with Liverpool for in-form Croatia defender

  Spurs battling with Liverpool for in-form Croatia defender Tottenham Hotspur are battling with fellow Premier League side Liverpool for the signature of Croatia defender Domagoj Vida and have reportedly submitted a £16m bid, according to a report on Turkish Football. The centre-back has been in fine form for his country and has helped them reach the semi-final of the World Cup. Vida managed to find the back of the net in Croatia’s quarter-final victory over Russia with a neat header in extra-time and has caught the eye of many European clubs with some solid defensive performances. The Besiktas defender will face another huge test this week as he comes up against England striker Harry Kane and it is safe to say there will be many clubs keeping an eye on Vida’s performances. He only joined the Turkish side in January as a free agent but his stock has risen considerably during his World Cup campaign. The club is reportedly open to letting the 29-year-old leave if the right offer is made and with the future of Toby Alderweireld uncertain, Mauricio Pochettino is eager to have a replacement ready. Vida played 13 times in the Super Lig last season and there could be a Premier League war to secure his signature over the next few weeks.

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Croatia have conceded just twice in this World Cup and have been defensively sound for the most part, whilst Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric have been particularly impressive in Croatia’s quest for glory. They are a side to be feared by any nation at the moment and showed their prowess in a terrific group stage performance against Argentina, where they won 3-0.

Nikola Kalinic is set to miss out and Ivan Strinic looks doubtful to take part at this stage for Croatia. Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic could support Mario Mandzukic again and if Modric takes up a more offensive position once more, Marcelo Brozovic will partner Ivan Rakitic.

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West Ham have €22m offer rejected for Vida .
West Ham have had an offer of €22m rejected for Croatian international Domagoj Vida. According to Aksam, via Sport Witness, Besiktas have turned down West Ham’s opening bid for the defender. The report claims that Besiktas are looking for a fee in the region of €25m for Vida, following his performances for Croatia at the World Cup. Vida was a key cog in Croatia’s side as they reached the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history – going on to lose 4-2 to France in Russia. Aksam claim that Vida wants to leave Besiktas and has told the Turkish giants of his ambition to play in the Premier League next season. Manuel Pellegrini is keen to continue making additions to his squad and sees Vida as a good replacement for the injured Winston Reid. Liverpool and Everton have been previously linked with the central defender.

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