Denmark - World Cup - 1 July 2018

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Group D victor Croatia will be favourites against Group C runner-up Denmark when the two teams clash in FIFA World Cup 2018 pre-quarterfinal.

Those fools were quickly put in their place.

Then Mario Mandzukic tapped home after some hilarious pin-ball in the Denmark box. Croatia has pitched two shutouts and allowed just one goal at the World Cup 2018.

'Kasper is hugely important for the team both on and off the pitch, ' said Kjaer.

'He's a wonderful player but they have other skilful players and we need to handle him collectively, ' he added.

The match has been billed as a one-on-one battle between Modric and Eriksen, the star midfielders of their respective sides who have each impressed in Russian Federation.

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For Denmark, the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen, who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield.

Free-kick to Croatia after Rebic goes down in a challenge. But despite managerial turmoil, the Vatreni achieved a brilliant turnaround and were one of the three sides that went unbeaten in the group stages.

Croatia's Ivan Perišić during training.

For the Danes, the high watermark in their World Cup history also came in 1998, when Denmark reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by Brazil - who in turn reached the final before being trounced 3-0 by France, as FIFA.com records.

Denmark, of course, have their own superstar in Tottenham's Christian Eriksson. The Uganda born winger has plenty of pace and could be a useful asset for the side, who will be looking contain Croatia and push away on the breakaway. Fernando Hierro has kept La Roja on course for a deep run in the competition, although his side needed a late strike from Iago Aspas to avoid defeat to Morocco last time out. Croatia and Denmark have won two apiece with one of the fixtures ending in a draw.

Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta's brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage - he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final - while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia. Their form in Group D brought them 7 goals and just 1 conceded, as well as a 3-0 annihilation of Argentina. But Croatia have just enough artillery in their skill set to cross Denmark's hurdle but they might have to grind it out to achieve the desired result.

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