In the latest Croatia news, boss Zlatko Dalic has urged his side to maintain their momentum and prove they are serious World Cup contenders when they take on Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday.
Croatia cruised through Group D, finishing top of the pile, with three wins from three after a 2-1 success over Iceland on Tuesday.
Dalic’s side have been one of the most impressive countries in Russia so far, with their 3-0 victory over Argentina standing out as one of the results of the tournament in the group stage.
Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, Barcelona man Ivan Rakitic and Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic are just some of the key men in the squad, which is filled with experience and packed with players who regularly ply their trade in Europe’s top leagues.
Dalic says they cannot fear anyone now as he hopes to progress past the Danes this weekend and into the quarter-finals.
“We have to trust our quality, respect all of our opponents, but never concede that anybody is better than us,” he told a news conference.
“We have to put the three matches behind us. We have to focus on Denmark, the moment of truth on Sunday, which is what we are eagerly awaiting.
“From this moment on, the group stage is over. I don’t think it will end in the last 16 but we have to focus on Denmark, prepare for that game and see what happens on Sunday.”
Coral make Croatia 12/1 shots to win the World Cup, while they are 4/5 in the 90-minute match market to see off Denmark, who are on offer at 15/4. The draw is 21/10.