Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said on Wednesday that he hoped forward Mario Mandzukic would break his goalless drought in the upcoming round of 16 game against Denmark.
Mandzukic played in the first two group-stage matches but failed to score. He did not come off the bench in Croatia’s final Group D match against Iceland on Tuesday.
“The fact that Mandzukic has yet to score at the World Cup doesn't bother me. The important thing is that he has a great spirit, he energizes the entire team… I hope his goalless drought will end during the match against Denmark, and he continues to show the results in the later stages of the tournament,” Dalic told journalists.
The 32-year-old striker has made a total of 85 international appearances scoring 30 goals and is currently the national team's second all-time leading goalscorer behind retired Davor Suker, who has 45 international goals to his name.
Croatia beat Iceland 2-1 at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday and topped off Group D table with a total of nine points. They are to face Group C runners-up Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday in the round of 16.