Hareide tips Eriksen to match Modric in last 16 duel

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Had we gone home after the group matches, it would have been a scandal. 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. However, its four matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup have produced 19 goals (seven scored, 12 conceded), an average of 4.75 per game. A win for Russian Federation would open up the competition on their side of the draw.

91' - First period of extra time begins. Croatia and Denmark have won two apiece with one of the fixtures ending in a draw.

The Tottenham playmakers past and present hold down important roles for their national sides, with Modric outstanding for Croatia so far at Russian Federation 2018 and Eriksen Denmark's main attacking threat.

Given Croatia's likely dominance in possession, Denmark will have to rely on their defensive solidity and ability to be clinical on the counter-attack.

We're back for the second half, will we see as explosive a start as we did in the first?

44' - Mario Mandzukic, who scored Croatia's goal in the fourth minute, goes down with what appears to be an ankle injury.

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, however, has warned his team-mates they will need to keep a close eye on Eriksen on Sunday.

Age Hareide's Denmark side are extremely disciplined and hard to break down, pretty much the polar opposite of the disheveled Argentina side that Croatia made mincemeat of last week. What a start to this match! Poulsen and Jorgensen combine in the box, before the number nine gets his shot away.

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"It will be a tough match, like any other game so far".

Hareide was joined at the press conference by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, whose family ties with Denmark great Peter have been well documented.

Croatia (4-2-3-1): 23. Danijel Subasic (gk), 2. Thomas Delaney, 10. Christian Eriksen, 11.

Striker Yussuf Poulsen returned for Denmark after suspension.

Wow. Hosts Russia have stunned the footballing world this morning, eliminating 2010 champions Spain through a penalty shootout to book their quarter-final spot.

The Croatia v Denmark kick-off time is set for 7pm BST, which is 9pm local time in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, where the game is being played.

"We have the highest possible respect for the Danish team".

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