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Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia

Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia

Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia, Defending European Champions Spain looks to progress into next stage winning all their matches in the group stage when it will face upset-minded Croatia in the final match of Group D Tuesday at Nouveau Stade Bordeaux.

Vicente del Bosque’s side started their campaign with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic, then they defeated Turkey 3-0 in their second match. Spain has now tied with another favourite France for most goals in the tournament so far. Spain will have one more chance to improve their standing for the Round of 16.

Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia

If Spain wins over Croatia, it will bring them among all nations with a pass completion rate of 92 percent, the top seeding for the next round. This will strengthen their determination to win the Euro title for a third successive time.
Spain has already qualified for the knockout stage. If they also win this match, they will advance as group winners and if they lost then will finish second.

Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia
Will Spain remain unbeaten against Croatia

This will be a do or die game for Croatia. He is currently on the second place with four points. A loss against Spain will end their chances of lifting the trophy at Euro 2016.

A victory over Spain will mean they win the group. But if they lose, or draw, they will finish second if the Czech Republic fails to win against Spain.

TEAM NEWS

In the last match against the Czech Republic, midfielder Luka Modric injured his groyne and is very unlikely to be available for Croatia, according to Croatia’s team doctor.

Another player from Croatia is also injured as centre-back Vedran Corluka is doubtful after aggravating a head wound against the Czechs.

Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque could rotate his squad against Croatia, with their place in the last 16 already assured.

MATCH FACTS

Headd-to-head

  • Spain have lost just one of five matches against Croatia and that one loss due to Roberto Prosinecki and Davor Suker on target in a 2-0 win in Valencia in 1994.
  • The last meet against Croatia was during the group stage at Euro 2012. Jesus Navas helped Spain to register a 1-0 win – eliminating the Croats from the Euro 2012.

Croatia

  • Croatia has scored in their last 11 games at the European Championship except in their 1-0 defeat by Spain in 2012.
  • In their first two games at Euro 2016, the Croatian players have attempted 20 more shots than their opponents but have scored only one more goal.
  • At Euro 2008, Croatia has defeated Poland 1-0, the only game that they won ever at a major tournament.
  • Ivan Perisic is the impact for Croatia. He has been involved in two of team’s last five goals at the Euro (one goal, one assist).
  • A new Croatian record will be registered because Captain Darijo Srna will be playing his 17th game at a major tournament.

Spain

  • Any opponent has not beaten Spain in last 14 games at the European Championship (W11, D3).
  • Talking about their defence in their last 11 games at Euro, Spain has only conceded one goal.
  • 177 successful passes made by Andres Iniesta at Euro 2016, more than any other Spain player.

Squad

Spain

  • Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Rico, David de Gea
  • Defenders: Marc Bartra, Hector Bellerin, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Koke, Cesc Fabregas, Mikel San Jose, Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Andres Iniesta,
  • Forwards: Nolito, Alvaro Morata, David Silva, Lucas Vazquez, Aritz Aduriz, Pedro.

Crotia

Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic, Ivan Vargic, Danijel Subasic

  • Defenders: D Srna, V Corluka, S Vrsaljko, D Vida, Ivan Strinic, G Schildenfeld, T Jedvaj
  • Midfielders: M Kovacic, Luka Modric, I Rakitic, M Brozovic, I Perisic, M Rog, Milan Badelj, A Coric
  • Forwards: Nikola Kalinic, M Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca, A Kramaric, Duje Cop

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