Croatia is just three points away from qualifying for the Euros. If they draw with Turkey in their next match, they will secure a spot in the tournament. However, if Turkey wins, Croatia will have to defeat Armenia to qualify. This match is not only important for the placement of the teams but also for determining the final tournament’s draw. The outcome of this match could determine Zlatko Dalić’s team’s path to success.
There are still several unknowns before Thursday’s draw for additional qualifications regarding direct travelers to Germany. Uefa ranks national teams based on their performance in the qualifications, and Croatia is currently ranked third in a strong group that includes Scotland and Slovakia, among others. If the qualifications were to end today, Croatia would be placed in this group and would not be able to play against some of their rivals for a place at Euro 2020.
However, there are other options available to them. Hungary and Austria are safe in the second group, while Turkey, Denmark, Albania, and Romania are also present. If Croatia defeats Armenia, they will replace Turkey and play against one of these teams in the second round. On the other hand, if they lose or draw against Armenia and Wales does not win their match against Turkey, Croatia could end up in the fourth round with a more difficult draw than they expected.
There are also several other factors that could impact Croatia’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2020. For example, Serbia could push them towards a more difficult draw by winning one or more of their upcoming matches against Kazakhstan or Moldova. Additionally, there are still twelve national teams fighting for three remaining spots in Thursday’s draw through three mini-tournaments at the next meeting in March