It is still Croatia 1 – 1 Denmark. Another Croatia goal would be good for the game. Denmark have just settled back into their defensive shape.
Jorgensen gives away a free-kick in a dangerous area when he chops down Rebic just outside the box. What can Croatia conjure here?
Croatia 1 – 1 Denmark. Croatia are level! Rebic does well down the right and plays in Vrsaljko whose low cross is cleared but the ball pinballs it’s way to Mandzukic who gleefully lashes the loose ball home. What a start to this game!
Oh my, this is Sunday League stuff. Knudsen hurls in a long throw, Croatia don’t clear and Jorgensen pokes a shot that squirms under Subasic, who really should do better.
We’re under way in Nizhny Novgorod. Can Croatia hold their nerve and end Denmark’s two-year unbeaten run.
A reminder of the teams for this one:
Croatia (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.
Denmark (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Jorgensen, Knudsen; Christensen Delaney, Eriksen; Poulsen, Braithwaite, Cornelius.
The only previous encounter between these two teams at a major tournament came at Euro 96. Croatia won the game 3-0 at Hillsborough, and Peter Schmeichel was made to look very silly indeed:
Denmark are boosted tonight by the return of Yussuf Poulsen, who is back from a one-game suspension and replaces the hitherto underwhelming Sisto.
Poulsen scored the winner against Peru but also has the unfortunate record of giving away a penalty in both the game he’s played in so far.
Denmark have scored only two goals in their last three games, while conceding just one. That’s bad.
However, their four matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup have produced 19 goals (7 scored, 12 conceded), an average of 4.75 per game. That’s good.