Luka Modric hails "world class" Christian Eriksen ahead of last-16 tie

Asked about Eriksen, Modric said: "I don't like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself".

After reaching the last 16 for the first time since their memorable 1998 World Cup, Croatia will be confident of progressing even further when they take on Denmark on Sunday.

Croatia sailed through group play in dominant fashion, opening with a controlled 2-0 win over Nigeria.

FourFourTwo quotes Rakitic as saying about Denmark: "They are very compact, they know how to stop their opponents". He has made a goal and an assist so far at the World Cup and has the capacity to do more.

For Denmark, the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen, who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield. And there are other well-known faces such as Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic in the spine of the team as well.

"It will be a stern test for us", Modric said. We must be very careful. Watch the Live & Exclusive stream of the game on MAX HD3 & beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

"He is a world-class player", Modric said of the Dane. I am thinking of our team being able to play in different ways. Lasse Schone should continue to deputise in midfield for William Kvist, who fractured two ribs against Peru.

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.

Six of Croatia's seven goals at this year's World Cup have been scored in the second-half.

Denmark striker Yussuf Poulsen is back from suspension and is expected to be named in Hareide's starting line-up.

Christian Eriksen - The playmaker is Denmark's biggest hope of defeating Croatia.

- Luka Modric is all set to become Croatia's joint most capped player in major tournaments with 18 appearances along with Darijo Srna.

Messi though was unable to find the net, leaving Russian Federation with a single goal, and at 31 the Barcelona great has probably seen any chance of winning the World Cup evaporate. It must be buzzing in Croatia at the moment because they have been excellent in this tournament so far. Denmark will make life hard for them but in the end, Croatia's quality will show and they'll break them down.

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