Russia: Modric hoping Croatia reach heights of '98 ahead of Denmark clash

Croatia were preparing for their Round of 16 clash with Denmark on Saturday, ahead of the match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday. Zlatko Dalic's squad held official pre-match training session at the Meschera training facility, outside the main stadium. Players appeared in front of cameras in high spirits, performing various passing exercises during the open part of the training... Еще. Speaking at the pre-match press conference, midfielder Luka Modric underlined that it was high time for the current generation of Croatian players to clear the obstacles that the national team has been unable to overcome since 1998. However, Modric noted that it would be a 'difficult test' for his squad on Sunday. From his side the coach of the team Zlatko Dalich said that he was optimistic about the outcome of his squad's last 16 match, reiterating that the 100 percent performance in the group stage, which certainly saw Croatia's stock rise, would mean nothing if his players could not build on it. Croatia topped Group D and are one of two nations with three wins out of three. In the group stage Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and co. beat each of Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. The Balkan nation are hoping to at least repeat their best result in history — in 1998 the Croats, led by Davor Suker, reached the semi-finals and won bronze. The winner of Croatia v Denmark will face either Spain or Russia, who will play against each other in another last 16 encounter at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow at 5:00 pm local time on Sunday.

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