Lloris and Eriksen ready for start of the knock-out phase
PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 June 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper and their playmaker will both be in action this weekend
Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen have both made it through from Group C at the World Cup and will hope to enjoy success at the weekend in their respective last-16 ties.
Les Bleus finished first after winning two of their three games while Denmark came second with five points ahead of Peru, who finished third with three points.
After winning their openers on June 16, the Tottenham Hotspur pair next played on June 21 and had a mixed time of things.
Lloris reached a milestone with his 100th appearance for France against Peru and was able to celebrate in style with a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.
Eriksen also had reason to celebrate after he scored the opener in Denmark’s game with Australia, but they were pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw which left everything up for grabs.
Australia knew a victory in their final match with Peru could send them through to the knock-out phase had the Danes lost to France.
It didn’t happen though, as Les Bleus and Denmark were able to play out a goalless draw which saw them both progress to the last-16.
Lloris was actually rested for the game, but Eriksen did start and put in a shift to help his country qualify from a tricky group.
Next up for the Spurs and France captain will be a clash with Lionel Messi and his nation of Argentina at 3pm on Saturday (June 30).
There will be split loyalties for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will want his country to make it through, but will also have the best interests of Lloris at heart too.
Whatever happens, the last-16 clash should be a thriller and the winner will face one of Uruguay or Portugal in the quarter-finals.
Eriksen and his Denmark team-mates perhaps have a more favourable match up on paper as they will face Croatia in the last-16 on Sunday in a 7pm kick-off.
Croatia did beat Argentina 3-0 during Group G and they have former Spurs duo Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka in their ranks.
But Eriksen is confident his team can make it through to play one of Spain or Russia next, he said: “Through to the last-16. Everything can happen for us now.”
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