After the Croatian team formed one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, through their performances and results during the first round, the team looks forward to continue its start with the match against Denmark, which is scheduled on Sunday at the stadium “Nizhny Novgorod” in the second round (role Sixteen).
Many saw the Croatian team as the “black horse” in the Russian World Cup, having taken the lead with three victories, beating Nigeria 2-0, Argentina 3-0 and Iceland 2-1, scoring nine goals against a single goal.
If only one element of the team was the hero of the Croatian team during the group stage, it is certainly the star shining Luka Modric, who played the most prominent role in the victories and performances of the team dazzling during the three games.
Perhaps the most impressive display of the first-round match in the match against Argentina, which was decided by the goals of Ante Repitch, Luca Modric, and Ivan Rakic.
At the press conference after the match against Argentina, Modric and coach Zlatko Dalic were over-confident when journalists from Croatia expected the current team to repeat Croatia’s achievement at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France when he reached the gold box and finished third or beyond.
The names of the players are still very much among the Croatian public, including Sucre, Prozigny, Buban, and Yarni. But Modric is now in the limelight, and Ivan Rakitic has said that the Real Madrid player outperforms all those names. “Luka is not only the best player in the current squad, but he is the best Croatian player in history,” Rakic said on Friday.
At the club level, Rakic played alongside one of the midfielders, Andres Iniesta. Rachid Modric and Iniesta put him equally in his comments. “I thank the Lord for playing with Luca and Andres, they are the best at this center, and it is a great honor for us to have the chance to learn from them every day,” said Rakeitch, 30.
If Croatia wins tomorrow’s match, they will meet in the quarter-finals of the match between Spain and Russia. “The Spanish team is the best in the current tournament,” he said. “The stability of that team gives him the advantage over all other teams.”
The Danish national team is confident that they have qualified from a difficult group that includes France, Peru and Australia, and also hopes for the brilliance of its playmaker Christian Eriksen. Tottenham midfielder Eriksson made good progress during the first round of the World Cup, where he ran 36 kilometers during the three matches, beating all players in the tournament.
Eriksen also scored Denmark‘s goal in the 1-1 draw with Australia in the second round to play a key role in qualifying the team, who scored only one goal for Youssef Poulsen in the first round match that ended with a 1-0 victory over Peru. The team was negative with France in the third round.
“If you push Christian Eriksson into Barcelona, he will also be there,” said Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney. “Cristian needs to apply a certain style on our part to shine more.” “We were not satisfied with what we put on the pitch in the first two games, and Christian may have suffered that,” said the newly joined Borussia Dortmund.
The Croatian and Danish teams met once in the major tournaments, which ended with Croatia’s 3-0 victory at the European Nations Cup (Euro 1996)