Croatia's coach and captain hailed their "fantastic" World Cup so far and declared themselves ready to beat Denmark on Sunday in a quest to emulate their predecessors' greatest triumph two decades ago.
"Christian was wonderful in qualification", Hareide told a news conference Saturday.
They too are seeking to match their 1998 achievement when they reached the quarter-finals before being beaten by Brazil in what was their best World Cup showing. Only Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric kept their place in the starting lineup.
Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer expects the Leicester City keeper to be Mr reliable again today when the surprise 1982 European champions, who featured Kasper's father Peter, take on Luka Modric and co.
"The type of game we will play will be different, we need to play differently to progress".
Their tally of only two goals scored is the lowest of the 16 teams left in the competition although they remain unbeaten.
"It is a stern test for us, but it is high time that this generation hurdles this obstacle which we haven't hurdled since 1998".
The previous mark was set by Argentina and Nigeria in a group-stage match in 2014, when Lionel Messi scored in the third minute, only for Ahmed Musa to respond at three minutes and 47 seconds.
Although the Danes have ridden their luck at times, Schmeichel has been one of their standout players. "But I think we can settle it within 90 minutes". "We have a good opponent in the next round, it will be hard". Plus, full Croatia v Denmark TV channel details, the kick-off time and more.
Zlatko Dalic's side will undoubtedly dominate possession in Nizhny Novgorod, and Denmark's defence will have to be well organised to keep Croatia out. We are aware of his quality - for example, he has an excellent shot. We don't have many weaknesses, I believe.
We'll have the final teams for you shortly. If you are Croatia you've got to be thinking you've got a big chance of winning the World Cup.