Croatia will face Armenia in the final match of the Euro qualifiers group stage on Tuesday. The winner of this match will secure a spot in Germany next year. Wales is currently leading Turkey by 1-0, but if they lose this match, Croatia will qualify for the Euros without celebrating against Armenia.
In their last match against Latvia, Croatia won 2-0 and secured their place in the Euros. Tomislav Ivković, HRT’s expert commentator on “Stadion”, analyzed this victory and its importance for the national team. He stated that it was a very important win because they knew that Armenia and Wales had drawn, creating additional pressure on them. Despite the poor pitch conditions, Croatia played tactically intelligently and controlled the game throughout.
Modrić scored the second goal from a fantastic effort, which was praised by many as one of the best goals in world football. The team played 4-2-3-1 formation and ensured that Brozović and Modrić did not go forward at the same time to prevent counterattacks. They also used their knowledge and experience to score two quick goals despite having an extremely bad pitch.
Andrej Kramarić brought back a lot with his performance in this match, while Joško Guardiol played well in his left back position despite playing differently than he does at City where he plays more like a third stopper and playmaker. Marco Pašalić made his debut against Latvia and impressed with his performance as he has a fantastic left foot and short step, making him an excellent right wing option for Croatia who has few options for this position. Baturina also made his debut against Latvia and performed well, with great potential for improvement ahead of him as he entered instead of Modrić who gave him the baton to take over as midfielder.
Overall, Croatia needs to play a tactically disciplined game against Armenia to win this match and secure their place in Germany next year. The quality is not questionable for either team but tactics will be crucial to come out victorious.
France is currently considered as first favorite for the Euros