After they won a very valuable away victory over England 2-1 in the first round of the Nations League the Spaniards will try to do the same against runner-up from previous World Cup Croatia, which drew friendly with Portugal 1-1 last week. Let’s add that in two matches between Spain and Croatia took place in final stages of European championships, the Spaniards won 1-0 in 2012, while four years later the Croats revenged 2-1.
Right because of that it will be very interesting to see how will go match in new UEFA’s competition, the Nations League, especially as the Spaniard made a great job in this group three days ago given they won England away in the first round 2-1. That was debut of new manager Enrique, who took over la Furia Roja after the World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated after the round of 16.
They were defeated by the hosts after better execution of penalties, which was definitely a great disappointment for them and it was no wonder that three excellent players left the team after Russia, Pique, Iniesta and D. Silva. Still, it is obvious that Enrique has managed to create an excellent team without them as three days ago the Spaniards won difficult away match with England. We expect to see the same team on the pitch against Croatia, especially as defender Alba, midfielder Koke and forward Diego Costa are still out of action.
We all know that Croatia was protagonist of one of most positive sport stories from the World Cup in Russia. It was stopped only in the final by France, which won by 4-2. Still, manager Dalic and the team were greeted in the country like they won the World Cup and consequently it was logical that he continue to lead Croatia national team. Unlike him, the team left experienced Subasic, Corluka and Madzukic.
With the team are still excellent midfielders from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Modric and Rakitic, where the latter had skipped friendly with Portugal 1-1 played last week but he will be definitely in the starting 11 now. According to latest news excellent stopper Vida should be fully ready for duel with the Spaniards. On the other hand, due to injuries still out of action are stopper Lovren, defender Strinic and forwards Rebic and Kramaric.
After they won in previous round of the Nations League by 2-1 at Wembley stadium on Saturday evening we definitely expect from the Spaniards to give their best in front of their fans, especially as their guests is runner-up from previous World Cup Croatia.
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Date/Time: 11-Sep-2018 20:45 CET
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