Denmark defender Kjaer says Croatia respects his side ahead of last-16 duel

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Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), June 30 (IANS) Denmark defender Simon Kjaer said on Saturday that Croatia respects his national team, which has had a strong 12-game unbeaten run in official matches, ahead of their last-16 duel in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Denmark, which is set to take on Croatia Sunday, suffered its last defeat against Montenegro in 2016 in the World Cup qualifiers.

“Since going down 1-0 to Montenegro, we have not lost, and I think we have built something good since then. I also think that Croatia is aware, so there is no doubt that it respects us,” Kjaer said at a press conference.

He also praised his fellow goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for his role with the Danish team.

“He’s had a great impact on us, both on and off the field. Kasper is a great goalkeeper and I’m not surprised by his great level,” Kjaer said.

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The defender added that he is very proud to captain his national team in the World Cup, and hopes Denmark can go as far as possible in the tournament.

–IANS

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