Hareide tips Eriksen to match Modric in last 16 duel

They've already produced one of the most thrilling games of the World Cup, namely their 3-0 victory over a much-fancied Argentina side, although this match could well prove to be a tighter affair.

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.

While Denmark are the underdogs, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic will see this match as a "genuine test" of his nation's "golden generation", says Fifa.com reporter Vjekoslav Paun.

As the only goalless draw in an otherwise entertaining World Cup, Denmark's final group game against France deserves to be forgotten.

The BBC reports that after making nine changes for their final group match Croatia will recall a host of players including Ivan Rakitic, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic.

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

Ivan Perisic - The Inter Milan winger gives Croatia a different dimension going forward.

This last-16 encounter in Nizhny Novgorod could well be a battle between two of the World Cup's most talented No.10s. Two goals was all they could muster in their three group games, one each against Australia and Peru but in Christian Eriksen they possess a talent unmatched in Danish football since the days of Michael Laudrup.

Hareide's team made it through the group stages despite drawing their last two matches, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them taking this clash into extra-time after another stalemate. Croatia equalise through Mario Mandzukic's goal. "The group stage will mean nothing if we do not verify that tomorrow".

And Yussuf Poulsen is also back having completed a one-game suspension.

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

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

- Denmark's knockout stage matches in the World Cup have produced 4.75 goals per game (19 goals in 4 matches).

- 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 that we can win against anybody". It must be buzzing in Croatia at the moment because they have been excellent in this tournament so far.

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