Yet more drama at the World Cup today, with host nation Russia scoring one of the biggest upsets in tournament history and eliminating Spain via the penalty kick shootout in the day’s first match to advance to the quarterfinals. There, they will face the winner of this game.
Croatia have been one of the most impressive teams so far at the tournament, showing the value of a strong midfield as they waltzed through the group stage against Nigeria and Argentina. Denmark have proven resilient at the back as well, with Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen playing a crucial role, both when deployed as a defender or when played as defensive midfielder. Today, he plays the latter role once again.
Here we go.
Croatia starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Subašić | Strinić, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko | Rakitić, Brozović | Perišić, Modrić, Rebić | Mandžukić
Substitutes from: Livaković, Ćorluka, Kovačić, Kramarić, Kalinić, Jedvaj, Bradarić, Ćaleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivarić
Denmark starting lineup (4-1-4-1):
Schmeichel | Knudsen, Jørgensen, Kjær, Dalsgaard | Christensen | Poulsen, Delaney, Eriksen, Braithwaite | Cornelius
Substitutes from: Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Jørgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Lössl, Larsen, Lerager, Schöne, Rønnow, Sisto
Date / Time: Sunday, June 30, 2018, 19:00 BST; 2pm EDT
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
On TV: ITV 1 (UK); FOX, Telemundo (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: ITV Hub (UK); FOX Sports Go, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo; Sling World Cup (USA)