Croatia 1-1 Denmark FIFA World Cup 2018 live match updates


Luka Modric insists his midfield battle with Christian Eriksen will be just a sub-plot when Croatia and Denmark clash for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Croatia's coach and captain hailed their "fantastic" World Cup so far and declared themselves ready to beat Denmark on Sunday in a quest to emulate their predecessors' greatest triumph two decades ago.

"I don't like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself", he told reporters at Saturday's press conference.

The Danes have not lost in their last 18 Federation Internationale de Football Association sanctioned matches and will be looking to their playmaker, Christian Eriksen, to open up Croatia, who have conceded just one goal so far in Russia. In addition to scoring a superb long-range strike against Argentina, Modric has been outstanding in Russian Federation, as has fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic. They are a limited side with a handful of decent players and one superstar in Christian Eriksen. Modric to take, the cross is hit with real power, finding Lovren who can't get his flick-on on target.

"The type of game we will play will be different, we need to play differently to progress".

Pione Sisto could be a key player for Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod. "Individuals can dictate certain incidents but the most important thing is how we perform as a team on the pitch".

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"It is high time for this generation to hurdle this obstacle, which we haven't hurdled since 1998", the Real Madrid star said.

- Luka Modric is all set to become Croatia's joint most capped player in major tournaments with 18 appearances along with Darijo Srna. "What awaits us is a very hard match".

While the Barcelona ace will turn out for Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the Tottenham attacking midfielder will play for Denmark. No individual can do it on their own. We don't have too many weaknesses'. We do not think we are favourites in the game against Denmark.

The model knows Croatia cruised to three victories to top Group D, which included a 3-0 thumping of Lionel Messi and Argentina.

The Daily Telegraph: "Croatia put in one of the performances of the World Cup against Argentina and look irresistible going forwards".