Luka Modric, the Real Madrid maestro who pulls the strings at the heart of the Croatia midfield, has been one of the best players so far in Russian Federation and Denmark will have to limit his influence to introduce any of their own.
Croatia was arguably the best team in the World Cup group stage, and it will look to continue its run in the knockout rounds when it faces Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Sunday.
Russian Federation were dominant in their opening two matches of the tournament, putting five goals past Saudi Arabia and another three against Egypt. Uruguay exposed them in their final match to finish second in Group A, leaving Stanislav Cherchesov and his team with a huge task on their hands this afternoon to produce a stunning upset.
The Vatreni's brand of energetic free-flowing football, led by metronomic midfield pairing of Ivan Rakotic & Luca Modric has won plenty of plaudits.
Fans will be waiting to see who comes out on top between Modric, and Christian Eriksen, Denmark's standout player.
Modric, who has already scored two goals, will be expected once again to pull the strings for Croatia from midfield.
"The type of game we will play will be different, we need to play differently to progress". Having scored just two goals in navigating their way out of Group C as runners-up, the Danes expect to open up on Sunday. "It is high time this generation cleared this obstacle. He's the most important player for Denmark".
"It will be a stern test for us", Modric said.
Denmark have relied upon the considerable creative talents of Christian Eriksen to provide their spark so far, and that's unlikely to change against Croatia.
Denmark come into the match undefeated in 18 games and could spring a surprise. They have very good players and we are preparing for that game with maximum seriousness. "We know our qualities and strengths". We don't have too many weaknesses'.
"I would be the happiest man on Earth because it would mean Croatia have done something significant", Dalic said, "so God willing it will be so". We do not think we are favourites in the game against Denmark.
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