Croatia and Spain will go head-to-head on Monday at Parken Stadium in the round of 16 stage in Euro 2020.
After both teams finished second in their respective groups. Zlatko Dalic’s side and Luis Enrique’s men encountered in the first knock out stages of the competition.
The match will be between two excellent technically gifted teams. On the one side, there will be Luca Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic. And on the other, there will be Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Koke.
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Croatia have struggled in their last few games. Despite beating Scotland in the last game. The Croatians have won only three games in the last 12 games in all competitions.
Modric, the talisman of Croatia, has scored an excellent goal against Scotland to earn them the crucial three points. The whole nation will be yet again hoping to see some magic from the only Ballon D’or winners except Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.
On the other hand, after struggling to score goals in the first two group games, Spain have thrashed Slovakia in the last group game by 5-0. There was a big help from Martin Duvbravka in the opener, after saving an earlier penalty from Alvaro Morata.
Enrique’s side will have to play a more quick tempo game in the knock-out stages to go deeper into the competition. Spanish side lacked intensity in their games. And most importantly they will require to be more clinical in front of the goal.
Croatia form (all competitions): W-D-L-L-D-W
Spain form (all competitions): W-D-W-D-D-W
The big blow for Croatia ahead of the game against Spain is the absence of Ivan Perisic who tested positive for Coronavirus and Ante Rebic is expected to replace him. Dejan Lovren is suspended for this encounter, Apart from that, there will not be many changes from Dalic.
There are not any significant absentees in the Spanish squad after Sergio Busquets returned to the starting eleven. There won’t be any changes from Luis Enrique apart from Pau Torres will regain his position and Eric García will have to sit out on the bench.
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Juranovic, Caleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Rebic
Spain possible starting lineup:
Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Koke; Sarabia, Morata, G Moreno
Croatia 1-2 Spain
After winning the last game by 5-0, Spain will be full of confidence and they will get the victory against a struggling Croatia side.