As you can see so far, the new UEFA Nations League is very well received. Especially Division A offers on every matchday a blast, which is not just used for test purposes, but in which it goes right down to business. This was shown by the games between Germany and France, Italy and Poland as well as England and Spain. The Spaniards will play tomorrow for their 2nd clash and have to deal again with a real house number because the Vice World Cup Croatia will be in Elche to the guest. For Croats, it is the first duel in the Nations League.
The Spaniards have disappointed at the World Cup in Russia, but they have been able to convince the debut of the new coach Luis Enrique in the Wembley stadium and beat the English 2-1. The Croats had started as a secret favourite in the World Cup and could be there in many games from their best side. The focus will be on Rodrigo of Valencia CF, who have played four games in the last five games. So he met last Saturday in the Spanish 2-1 victory in England. Although the Three Lions took an early lead, Saul Niguez equalized by return. Rodrigo scored the 2-1 winner before the break. If you can win at the Wembley Stadium, you also have a good chance of scoring three points at home against the Vice World Champion. That would be half the battle on the way to the semifinal of the Nations League. It was not that compelling to expect.
Not only the Spaniards but also the Croats have some resignations of seasoned players to digest. Danijel Subasic, Vedran Corluka and above all Mario Mandzukic are no longer available to Zlatko Dalic. Especially Mandzukic will miss the vice-world champion in every corner. But there will not be a big reconstruction with the Croats. Otherwise, the squad stayed together and with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic three of the great personalities are still available. Especially Ivan Perisic was one of the players that have been playing in the last few games. In the last three international matches, the actor has met Inter Milan respectively. In the front, things are going relatively well overall, but the Croats had considerable problems at the World Cup to keep the defensive stable. In the last six games, there was no white vest more. Actually surprising that the Croats have made it to the World Cup final.
To date, the national teams from Spain and Croatia have delivered six duels. In direct comparison, the Spaniards are with 3: 2 victories in a draw just ahead. The first four matches were all held in friendship. Most recently, both teams faced each other in the last two European Championships in the group stage. Spain won 1-0 in 2012 and became European champion at the end. Two years ago in France, the Croats won 2-1. Alvaro Morata brought the Furia Roja 1-0 forward. Nikola Kalinic was able to equalize first. Sergio Ramos missed a penalty in the middle of the second half, allowing Ivan Perisic to score Croat's 2:1 win. In the end, both came one round further but failed each in the 2nd round.
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