Croatia vs Denmark - Preview, Live Match | 01 Jul 2018

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June

However, the Croatia captain returned to bravely take one of the post-match kicks as goalkeeper Danijel Subasic save three of Denmark's efforts to set up a quarter-final meeting with Russian Federation on Saturday.

Free-flowing Croatia romped through the group stage with three wins out of three, setting up the last-16 clash with the Danes at the same Nizhny Novgorod Stadium where nine days ago they stunned Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0.

42 minute: Eriksen picks up a pass in the Croatian box but fails to find a teammate with his chip shot.

The 51-year-old Bosnian-born coach, who played as a midfielder for many clubs in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia, said he was having the time of his life in Russian Federation.

"We need to play a game of ball control".

90' (+4) - Second half ends.

Here we go then, the second half of extra time begins.

After 20 minutes, Mandzukic went down under a challenge in the area after a cross from the left, but the referee waved play on and a VAR check confirmed the decision. If Croatia's golden generation are to take this golden opportunity, they must improve on this. A long throw-in fell for Mathias Jorgensen by the far post, and he squeezed his left-footed chance through traffic for the first global goal of his career to cement a dream start for the Danes. Perisic fires a shot from distance but hits it directly into the hands of the goalkeeper who punches it away. Sime Vrsaljko, 6. Dejan Lovren, 21.

But Hareide insists today's encounter will not just be a case of Denmark's tight defence against Croatia's unsafe attack.

Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic.

Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, whose family ties with Denmark great Peter have been well documented.

And, although the 1998 side featured the likes of Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Robert Prosinecki, the current crop boasts plenty of talent too in Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and more. Croatia clear the ball though.

Instead the player who created most chances was Knudsen with his long throws. In team news, Yussuf Poulsen is likely to return to the side after serving his suspension against France.

Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto, Ronnow.

The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker is more than capable of producing magical moments, and he will be the man Denmark look to to win the game.

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