R16 July 1 Croatia v. Denmark [R]

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018 - Knockout Rounds' started by soccernutter, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
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    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
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    Hi everyone,

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  2. Philip J. Fry

    Philip J. Fry Member+

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  3. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
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    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
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    Tottenham Hotspur FC
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    Croatia

    v.

    Denmark

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    Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod (capacity: 43,319)

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  4. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Croatia will control the game and crush Denmark.
     
  5. leao1918

    leao1918 Member

    Fortaleza EC
    Brazil
    Jun 17, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    I certainly hope so. Denmark has been the most boring (and still somehow succesful) side of this WC and Croatia has been great, living up to their potential.
     
  6. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Denmark plays it safe. They are disciplined defensively, but offer little in attack, and were outplayed in all 3 group matches. Croatia will run them ragged in midfield. Croatia 2 - 0 Denmark.
     
  7. BGADK

    BGADK Member

    Jun 6, 2009
    Denmark 2-1 Croatia.

    Croatia is overrating them selfes, and Denmark is a good match for them.
     
  8. frideswide

    frideswide Member+

    Kumamoto Renaissance FC
    Feb 27, 2014
    København
    Club:
    Brøndby IF
    Can’t see this will be much of a contest, to be honest — Croatia 2: 0 Denmark.
     
  9. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    On which planet?
     
  10. Ceres

    Ceres Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Club:
    AGF Aarhus
    Nat'l Team:
    Denmark
    #10 Ceres, Jun 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2018
    I do not really know what to expect, but so far this Danish team has played unusually defensive minded in the group stage and the last match against France was used for experiments and looked like both France and Denmark were playing a friendly, to get ready for the next stage ...

    If we are to go by the promise made by the Danish NT coach, who is Norwegian, and has more or less played "Norwegian style" in the group stage, Denmark has now progressed which was a must do, and so now will play more attacking minded and entertaining, also releasing Eriksen from all tactical and defensive duties ... but again, the NT coach is Norwegian and has no past experience from any WC.

    But fact is that Denmark is on an unbeaten streak of 18 games in a row, which is an all-time Danish record and only 1 goal has been score against Denmark in all of 2018 and that was not in open play but a (according to most experts, former top referees and pundits) questionable 50/50 VAR call in the match against Australia ... The Danish keeper Kasper Peter Schmeichel has also just beaten his dads al-time clean sheet's record from the early 90's, so perhaps you should not count out Denmark that easilly ...
     
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  11. MarioKempes

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    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    If we're honest, Peru outplayed Denmark, Australia outplayed Denmark, and France outplayed Denmark. Denmark played with 10 men behind the ball much of the time and got 5 points. I am happy for them, but if not for the Peruvian missed penalty, they would already be home. Eriksen is a great player and Schmeichel is a great keeper. These points cannot be denied. But really, Denmark hasn't shown anything, and the Croatian midfield is superb. If Denmark plays more attacking, then they will be torn apart by Croatia. Oh how I miss the days of Michael Laudrup.
     
  12. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    Denmark will be a much harder match up for us than the teams we had in our group. They are well organised and defend much better. They also did not lose a game for a while. They will frustrate us.
    Will be tough.
     
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  13. Nico777

    Nico777 Member+

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    An argentinian referee 10 days after what we have done to their national team....this is a joke.
     
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  14. tudobem62014

    tudobem62014 Member+

    Feb 26, 2014
    Club:
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    Lol wow
     
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  15. tudobem62014

    tudobem62014 Member+

    Feb 26, 2014
    Club:
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    Just landed with Peter Schmeichel at GOJ. :D
     
  16. Ceres

    Ceres Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Club:
    AGF Aarhus
    Nat'l Team:
    Denmark
    #16 Ceres, Jul 1, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
    Australia did not outplay any team in the group ... in fact, Denmark and Australia had the exact same number of attempts on and off-target, the possession was 49% v 51% and the pass accuracy was 88% for Denmark and 85% for Australia ... but I will like to show you the official FIFA match statistics from the Peru v Denmark game and then compare it with the match statistics from the Uruguay v Portugal game...

    Attempts on-target : Uruguay 3 v 5 Portugal ............ Denmark 3 v 6 Peru
    Attempts off-target : Uruguay 2 v 7 Portugal ............ Denmark 5 v 7 Peru
    Blocked ................ : Uruguay 1 v 8 Portugal ............ Denmark 2 v 5 Peru
    Corners ................ : Uruguay 2 v 10 Portugal .......... Denmark 7 v 3 Peru
    Offsides ............... : Uruguay 0 v 1 Portugal ............ Denmark 3 v 5 Peru
    Possesssion ........ : Uruguay 39% v 61% Portugal .... Denmark 48% v 52% Peru
    Pass accuracy .... : Uruguay 70% v 84% Portugal ........ Denmark 82% v 85% Peru
    Passes ................ : Uruguay 266 v 584 Portugal ...... Denmark 342 v 394 Peru
    Passes completed ; Uruguay 185 v 489 Portugal ...... Denmark 282 v 334 Peru

    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/match/300331544/#match-statistics
    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/match/300331528/#match-statistics


    I think perhaps what has stuck in most peoples memory from the Denmark v Peru game is the missed VAR pernalty and the last 30 minutes, when Denmark went more or less bunker-style to keep their 1-0 lead and Schmeichel made a few excellent saves ... because up until the goal, Denmark actually had most possession and as you can see also most corners and the difference in accuracy of passes was not really that big, even with Denmark bunkering at the end to hold their 1-0 lead, much like France also was trying to hold their 4-2 lead against Argentina
     
  17. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    I agree. Now starts a new stage. It's always another challenge in the knockout stage. Denmark played so far very defensively. In the group stage they had always 6 players with a defensive mindset on the pitch. They hardly go forward on numbers. Only four players are really attacking. Croatia needs patience to break them down eventually.
     
  18. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Dusselheim FC 1971
    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
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    I don't have a read on this game. It will be difficult for both teams to score.
    A moment of brilliance may be needed. Eriksen can do that but Croatia has a few players who can do that too.
    May the best team win/advance.
     
  19. Ceres

    Ceres Member+

    Jan 18, 2004
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Club:
    AGF Aarhus
    Nat'l Team:
    Denmark
    So the winner of this match is going to face Russia in the Quarter-finals ... and statistics show that only 1 out of 4 teams that progress after extra time are also able to progress from the next round, so unless this match also go into extra time, it's highly likely that the winner of this match will also progress to the Semi-finals...
     
  20. Froboy69

    Froboy69 Member+

    Mar 25, 2011
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
    Are we in for another upset?? :eek:
     
  21. BlueDamian

    BlueDamian Member+

    Jun 7, 2005
    In the shade
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
    Hopefully Croatia will take care of business. I'd hate to see another boring team get through.
    And Modric is always a joy to watch
     
  22. JoCryuff98

    JoCryuff98 Member+

    Barcelona
    Netherlands
    Jan 3, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Croatia can win this and probably with relative ease. Just a reminder to everyone that Croatia do have players that can nullify any defensive teams. They’re arguably the most complete team in this WC along with France and Brazil.
     
  23. MarioKempes

    MarioKempes Member+

    Real Madrid, DC United
    Aug 3, 2000
    Raleigh, NC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
     
  24. Kamtedrejt

    Kamtedrejt Member

    Internazionale Milano
    Albania
    Mar 14, 2017
    Hamburg
    Club:
    FC Internazionale Milano
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    You were not so high on France until yesterday. Nice to see you changed your opinion.
     
  25. JoCryuff98

    JoCryuff98 Member+

    Barcelona
    Netherlands
    Jan 3, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I judged their group stage performances. Obvio they held back a lot.
     

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