The organizing Russia, though not impressed by the way it played, managed to win and qualified as the second group behind Uruguay. He won the 5-0 Emblem Saudi Arabia at the premiere and with 3-1 in Egypt and was defeated by Uruguay (3-0). 16 'had an opponent in Spain, where everything seemed to be away. But her players had another view and managed to keep the Spanish players away from home. 1-1 of normal duration did not change even in the overtime and the match went into the penalty shootout where the Russians were lucky and won with (3-4).
The Croats have made the most of the organization so far, showing even terrible homogeneity and determination. The victories on Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (0-3) and Iceland (1-2) went with them with tremendous psychology to 16 '. But when they did not make an equally persuasive appearance against the hard team of Denmark. Two quick goals in 1 'Joergensen and 4' thin Mandzukic formed the final score. Croatia lost a penalty kick at the end of the game with Modric to lock the qualification. So the ticket for the next phase was judged in the penalty shootout, where the Croats were more apt and qualified (3-2). It has an alloy of quality and talented footballers, most of them fighting in top European teams. The names of Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Perisic can definitely leave anyone indifferent. The issue is until this team can reach.
Russia was surprised and spent Spain, having the world at its side as an organizer, but Croatia is tied together with very good players. I expect that the Croats will easily prevail.