It seemed that they were on a mission. The struggle for ball possession and shots on goals became the regular feature.
But captained by former Spurs standout and current Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Croatia made it through their three group stage games with a ideal 3-0 record and emerged as the fourth-highest scoring side in the 2018 World Cup tournament, according to FIFA.com, and soccer experts believe the current Croatian team may be better than the 1998 edition that made it to the semifinals of the World Cup that year, ultimately to finish third.
The key to unlocking the Danish defence will likely be how well Croatia's superstar pair of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic can set a quick tempo from the base of midfield.
Jorgensen took all of 57 seconds to breach the Croatia defense at the end of a long throw-in by Jonas Knudsen, stabbing at the ball with his left foot as he took it off team mate Thomas Delaney. Subs - Krohn-Dehli 5, Schone 7, Jorgensen 5, Sisto 6.
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Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic said his team were under no extra pressure as they suddenly found themselves predicted by many to win the World Cup after their group performances.
Made a few erratic clearances but repelled the danger.
4' GOAL! What a start to this match. They remain unbeaten, however, and are determined to cause an upset.
With Denmark staring down the barrel of a World Cup exit, Modric couldn't find a way through. It was Denmark's fastest ever World Cup goal.
Hareide pointed out that Croatia is a team that can defend and attack well with a flexible group of players who are able to adapt to different situations.
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Eight Croatia players are one booking away from a one-match ban, but this will not impact selection.
Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Croatia had a chance to take the lead late in the game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but Luka Modric's penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
"Since going down 1-0 to Montenegro, we have not lost, and I think we have built something good since then".
Kjaer also promised changes against Croatia."They will have to respect us", Kjaer said. Vrsjalko crosses into the box, where Dalsgaard deflects the ball straight into the path of Mandzukic, who fires a shot past Kasper Schmeichel and into the back of the net.
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