All you need to know ahead of the 2018 World Cup knockout game
Croatia and Denmark have both successfully made it through to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup and now face an evenly balanced fixture as they meet in the last 16.
Zlatko Dalic’s side topped Group D by beating Nigeria and Iceland, as well as emphatically thrashing Argentina 3-0.
Denmark meanwhile, finished second behind France in Group C, having beaten Peru, but drawn with Australia and the French.
When is Croatia vs Denmark?
The last 16 tie will take place on Sunday, July 1 and is set to kick off at 7pm UK time.
The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will host the tie, with a capacity 45,000 crowd expected.
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Who are the key players?
For Croatia, Luka Modric of course stands out above the rest. Despite now being 32 years of age, the midfielder has rolled back the years at this World Cup. Modric was influential in the Croats’ stunning Group D campaign and scored twice along the way.
Denmark’s star of the tournament so far has also been a creative midfielder. Christian Eriksen has a goal and an assist from his country’s three Group C matches.
What is the team news?
Croatia are set to recall many of the players nine rested against Iceland in their final group game. Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren, etc, will all likely be reinstated in the side.
Denmark’s coaching staff have said William Kvist could make an appearance in the last 16 after suffering an injury which kept him out of his country’s second and third group games. Yussuf Poulsen returns from suspension.
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