Fans react to blistering start in Croatia v Denmark

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has labelled Denmark's Christian Eriksen a "world-class player" ahead of Sunday's World Cup last-16 clash in Nizhny Novgorod.

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.

Having qualified from the group stage with such distinction, Croatia now face the obdurate, well-organised Danes for a place in the quarter-final.

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. For that creative energy, he will rely heavily on key player Christian Eriksen.

Modric himself was full of praise for Eriksen, who filled the the attacking midfield void left at Tottenham Hotspur by the Croat after he joined Real Madrid.

'He's a wonderful player but they have other skilful players and we need to handle him collectively, ' he added. "We played well, have had great victories, but if we do not win against Denmark, we did not do anything". Denmark is 80-1 to win the entire 2018 World Cup after opening at 100-1, while Croatia is 12-1 after opening at 60-1.

"It is a stern test for us, but it is high time that this generation hurdles this obstacle which we haven't hurdled since 1998. Individuals can dictate certain incidents but the most important thing is how we perform as a team on the pitch".

"I expect us to be capable of doing that".

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"No individual can do it all on their own".

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

"I think we are writing Danish history anyway", he said at his pre-match press conference.

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"We are not easy to play against", captain Simon Kjaer said.

We'll have the final teams for you shortly.

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

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