What organizers are billing as the largest Croatian watch party in the U.S. for Sunday’s Croatia-Denmark 2018 FIFA World Cup group of 16 game will be held at St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church in Chinatown.
Organizers are expecting nearly 1,000 fans to watch a live broadcast on a 20-foot screen of the 11 a.m. game from Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, which was known as Gorky from 1932-90.
The game will also be shown live on a movie-size screen at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Admission is free. Paley Center members receive preferred seating.
Games throughout the tournament will be shown at the Paley Center. Games that include a Spanish-speaking nation will be shown in Spanish.
The next game to be shown at the Paley Center will be Friday’s quarterfinal game between the winners of Monday’s Brazil-Mexico and Belgium-Japan games.
Croatia was among three teams to complete group play undefeated and untied, along with Belgium and Uruguay. Its plus-six goal differential was the second-best of group play behind Belgium’s plus-seven.
Croatia was among four teams, along with Denmark, to allow one goal in group play, tying for second behind Uruguay, which shut out all three of its opponents.
Croatia’s seven goals were the fourth-most in group play behind Belgium, which had nine, and England and Russia, which each scored eight.
Croatia defeated Nigeria, 2-0, June 16, Argentina, 3-0, June 21, and Iceland, 2-1, Tuesday to win Group D.
Denmark was second in Group C with one victory and two ties in its three games. The Danes defeated Peru, 1-0, June 16, tied Australia, 1-1, June 21, and France, 0-0, Tuesday.
Denmark’s two goals were the least in group play among the teams to advance to the tournament’s knockout stage.
Croatia, known as Vatreni, meaning The Blazers, is 7-2-1 since Oct. 9, 5-2 in 2018.
Denmark is 9-0-9 since its most recent loss, a 1-0 defeat to Montenegro on Oct. 11, 2016, in a World Cup qualifier.
Croatia’s roster consists of six players who play for club teams in Italy, four each in Germany and Spain, two in Croatia and one each in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Denmark’s roster consists of seven players who play in England, three each in Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain, and two each in France and Italy.
Croatia has played in five of six World Cups since first becoming eligible for the 1998 tournament. This is the first time it has advanced to the knockout stage since 1998, when it finished third.
This is the fourth time Denmark has advanced to the knockout stage in its five World Cup appearances and first since 2002. The only time it advanced past the group of 16 was in 1998 when it reached the quarterfinals.
Denmark is tied for 12th in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Croatia is ranked 20th.
The Croatia-Denmark winner will advance to a quarterfinal Saturday against the winner of the Russia-Spain group of 16 game that will be played earlier Sunday. The loser will be eliminated.