Croatia midfielder Luka Modric plays down Christian Eriksen midfield battle

Denmark coach Age Hareide has promised a more entertaining, attacking style against Croatia after their own fans jeered them in a bore draw against France.

"I don't like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself", he told reporters at Saturday's press conference. The stage is now set for the 32-year old to deliver World Cup glory for the Croatians.

They won three from three in the group stage and have, perhaps, been the most impressive side in Russian Federation so far. Scoring has been an issue for them, Denmark have scored just two goals in three games at the World Cup.

Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield duo of Modric and Rakitic.

"He is a world-class player", Modric said of the Dane.

20 minute: Croatia's Mario Mandzukic goes down in the Denmark penalty box and appeals for a penalty but the Referee disregards it.

Luka Modric - Arguably, Modric was the best player from the group stages and the midfielder will again be key in exploiting spaces against a resilient Denmark side.

"What will decide the game will be how the teams perform as teams".

'He's a wonderful player but they have other skilful players and we need to handle him collectively, ' he added. We must be proud of that.

"We've played fantastically in the group stage, we must be proud of that, but this new game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we've already done to Sunday's game". "It is high time this generation cleared this obstacle. But I think we can settle it within 90 minutes".

Luca Modric has continued to impress for Croatia, and the national team captain is no stranger to the big occasion winning four Champions League crowns with Real Madrid. "We have a good opponent in the next round, it will be hard", said Lovren, who is expected to return to the starting XI. We are aware of his quality - for example, he has an excellent shot.

We'll have the final teams for you shortly.

"I would be the happiest man on Earth because it would mean Croatia have done something significant", Dalic said, "so God willing it will be so".

  • Stacy Allen