Tactical change is required. They punctuated a flawless 3-0 record with a resounding 3-0 win over Lionel Messi and Argentina. A long throw-in fell for Mathias Jorgensen by the far post, and he squeezed his left-footed chance through traffic for the first global goal of his career to cement a dream start for the Danes. It seemed that they were on a mission.
However, it wasn't too long - three minutes to be exact - when Croatia produced an equaliser through Mario Mandzukic. He goes for the shot, but the ball crashes into the wall and out for a corner. They also put in arguably the best performance of the first stage, a 3-0 thumping of Argentina, in Nizhny Novgorod, where they will also play Denmark.
That's the end of regulation time, we'll be going to extra time for the second time today. Croatia and Denmark have won two apiece with one of the fixtures ending in a draw.
Hierro, who took over from Julen Lopetegui the day before the World Cup got underway, watched as his side limped through Group B after winning just one of their three games, and that solitary success was a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Iran.
Milan Badelj (for Mandzukic 107) - 5 - Took the place of Croatia's lone striker and adequately slotted into the middle of the park as Kramaric move up top.
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Subs: Lossl, Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Kvist, Nicolai Jorgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Larsen, Lerager, Schone, Sisto, Ronnow.
DF Domagoj Vida, 7 - Focused and timely in his interventions, had quite a few important clearances.
After some comical defending at both ends and goals from Mathias Jorgensen and Mandzukic, the match became a tense affair with neither side giving much away. They remain unbeaten, however, and are determined to cause an upset.
Croatia and Denmark meet tonight in what will be the fourth knockout tie of the World Cup. Modric and his Croatian teammates hope to repeat the incredible run into the semifinal their country made during the 1998 World Cup.
After a lively extended period, a penalty was awarded to Croatia after Ante Rebic's path to scoring into an empty net was halted by Mathias Jorgensen, who only received a yellow card.
Denmark's coach also said the two teams have similar playing styles, but stressed that he has confidence in his squad to deal with the match.