Spain vs Russia: Players To Look Out For As Lackluster La Roja Take On Hosts Russia In The Round Of 16 Clash And Starting XI
Croatia:Croatia come into this fixture being unbeaten in the tournament with all possible 9 points in bag. Only side who have performed well in all three group stage matches by scoring 7 goals and conceding just 1 in the process. 2-0 win against Nigeria and 2-1 win against Iceland with the major highlight being their dominant 3-0 victory over Argentina. Though many wouldn’t have expected that but their brilliance in midfield have served them well till date. Fans and football pundits are already calling this midfield ‘Golden Generation’ of Croatia. Midfield with some big names of Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic has helped them dominate their opposition. In defense, performances from Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren is proved to be the key for their defensive stability, conceding just one goal, that too from a penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson. On the other end, goals are coming at a constant rate as they have scored two or more goals in their all three group stage fixtures.
Zlatko Dalic rested his some key players against Iceland in their last match. Ivan Rakitic and Brozovic are expected to come in midfield to partner Luka Modric for tonight’s Croatia Vs Denmark. Matteo Kovacic has impressed from bench and in his last outing against Iceland, so he maybe pushing his name for the starting XI in place of Brozovic. Star veteran Mario Mandzukic will return up front who was also rested against Iceland. In goal, Subasic will return to replace Kalinic with the former keeping two clean sheets in two matches. Dejan Lovren and Vida will be at center of defense alongside returning full-backs Vrsaljko and Strinic for tonight’s Croatia Vs Denmark.
Group D Points Table! #Croatia & #Argentina qualify to the next round.— Newsklic (@newsklic) June 26, 2018
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Key Players:Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Midfielder) Luka Modric has been leading Croatia by an example with the captain’s armband. His contribution in midfield with two goals to his name is very commendable and is one of the contenders for the Golden Ball in Russia. Modric replaced Barcelona’s legend Andres Iniesta for the World Midfielder of Year 2017 and has surely lived up to that status for both club and country with his consistent form. His goal against Argentina was pure class as he smashed a long range shot into the right hand top corner. Modric has played in a more advance role in midfield ahead of Ivan Rakitic in first two group stage matches.
Former Spurs’s midfielder performance in midfield and the battle against current Spurs’s magician Christian Eriksen will be a treat to watch in the Croatia Vs Denmark. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, Defender) Lovren may not be the key player for Croatia but he is main man leading their defense in Russia. His performances in group stages has helped Croatia become best the defensive unit in Russia till now.
"They're from a different planet!" 👽— Goal (@goal) June 29, 2018
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Denmark:Not as convincing as their opponents Croatia, Denmark are also unbeaten in Russia. Narrow 1-0 win against Peru, 1-1 draw against Australia and a scoreless draw against France were enough for them to grab the second spot in their group. Holding giants France to 0-0 draw will surely bring some positives in the Denmark Camp. They have also conceded just one goal from all three group stage fixtures from Australia’s Mile Jedinak penalty, which shows their defensive strength. But while going forward, they have scored just two goals during the group stage. They have to be wary of this weakness when going up against Croatia’s strong defense in tonight’s Croatia Vs Denmark.
Denmark may welcome key defender William Kvist back into the starting lineup after missing the last match through a minor rib injury. Main man Christian Eriksen is expected to start again in the advanced midfield role. Up front, Jorgenson and Cornelius are fighting for the striker role as both have failed to impress during the group stage matches. It is Cornelius who will get the nod ahead of Jorgenson and will be supported by Sisto and Braithwaite from the flanks in tonight’s Croatia Vs Denmark clash.
Final table standings in group B— Muyita Joel (@muyitajoel) June 26, 2018
France go through as leaders on 7 points, two above second placed Denmark.
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Key Players:Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur, Midfielder) Christian Eriksen, with his records for the National team makes him their best player in recent years. He has scored one goal and assisted one in Russia alongside covering more ground than any other player in Russia, 36 kilometers. His 14 goal contribution in 12 World Cup Qualifier matches is the key reason for Denmark’s place in Russia. With 82 appearances for National Team at the age of 26 is enough to make him a threat for any opposition.
The Leicester City keeper will be busy on Sunday against the free-scoring Croatia and needs to be at his best if Denmark wants to qualify for the Quarter-finals.
🏆 World Cup stat-attack:— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) June 28, 2018
🇲🇽 Mexico have faced the most shots (58).
🇩🇪 Germany have had the most shots (72).
🇵🇦 Panama have had the most cards (11).
🇧🇷 Neymar has had the most shots (16).
🇩🇰 Kasper Schmeichel has the best save percentage (92.3%). pic.twitter.com/n2usOpEKk1