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

02 July 2018, 02:15 | Kristine Mills

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

Christian Eriksen reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium

"We need to play a game of ball control". Their tally of two goals is the lowest of the 16 teams left in the competition, while only three sides of the 32 that started Russian Federation 2018 had fewer shots on goal in the group phase. Could this be the first penalty shoot-out of the tournament?

Sime Vrsaljko - 6 - An archetypal modern full-back, the Atletico man never shied away from surging forward to help his teammates in the final third. He curls the ball into the box to find Lovren but he heads it wide.

'It could end up being match between Modric and Eriksson, ' said Hareide. (In case you're wondering, Modric, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, had no compunction about taking - and converting - his penalty.) It was left to Ivan Rakitic, and Schmeichel was beaten.

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Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic are set to be the only players retaining their place from the Group D win. He was played clean through by Modric.

Marcelo Brozovic can provide stability at the base of midfield, Ivan Perisic is risky on the flank and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric is an effective playmaker.

The second of the three all-European ties in the Round of 16 at Russian Federation 2018 is happening for the first time.

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The 51-year-old Bosnian-born coach, who played as a midfielder for many clubs in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia, said he was having the time of his life in Russian Federation.

Denmark went first, Christian Eriksen's kick tipped superbly onto the post by Subasic - but Schmeichel then saved from Badelj to keep things level. Henrik Dalsgaard, 4. Simon Kjaer (c), 13.

That broke the record for the fastest time in which both teams have scored at a World Cup match - by all of seven seconds.

It didn't take long for the Croats to equalise, though, as Mario Mandžukić drew his side level nearly immediately after the restart to net from close range and against the run of play, 1-1. Modric whips the ball in but it gets cleared by the Danish defenders.

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"We know that we don't seem like the most fearsome bunch to go up against", midfielder Thomas Delaney said. Lasse Schone in for Andreas Christensen.

Nicolai Jorgensen (for Cornelius 66) - 5 - Entered the fray in a like-for-like swap with Cornelius, and provided his side with an equally effective outlet up top. He's the most important player for Denmark.



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