Putting on an impressive display during their group stage, Croatia now are looking to prove their worth in the knock out stage as they gear up to face Denmark.
Winning all of their three group games, Vatreni see themselves being tipped as favorite to go through, but that won’t make them underestimate their opponent, as the Danish Dynamite have shown strong resilience in their previous games.
Head coach, Zlatko Dalic apparently see their upcoming game against Age Hariede’s men as Croatia’s real test, since it’s the knock out stage where one mistake can simply end ones tournament.
Remembering their impressive display against Argentina during their second group match, Dalic reportedly considering to put out the same starting line up as they did on that game.
As for Denmark, they are also determined to make their way into the next round, while proving that their success in getting into the last 16 is more than just luck.
Winning only one game and drawing their other two, Hariede’s men didn’t really impress many people during their group stage performance, but that won’t bother the tactician as his mission is to take his team into the quarter final.
Facing Croatia won’t be easy, but the Danish Dynamite did manage to hold France in their final group game, so Christian Eriksen and co won’t be lacking any beliefs when they battle for that one place in the next stage.
Probable starting line up:
Croatia: Danijel Subasic(g); Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Milan Badelj; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic.
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney; Pione Sisto, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Yurary Poulsen; Nicolai Jorgensen