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Match 41: Croatia vs Spain - 5pm (BST) ITV1 live from Copenhagen !


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ROAD TO THE LAST 16:

Croatia started with a drab 1-0 loss to England. An equally forgettable 1-1 draw with the Czechs was followed by an exciting 3-1 win over Scotland.

Spain began with two bad draws against Sweden and Poland. They crushed Slovakia 5-0 but Slovakia were absolutely terrible.

Fair to say we don't really have a clear idea about how good either side is, can't call this one.

TEAM NEWS

Croatia are WITHOUT Ivan Perisic due to Covid.

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Without Perisic I can't see Croatia offering much in attack, he was the only one that offered anything against Czech Republic. I have no idea if Spain will be able to break them down though.

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Perisic is a big loss for Croatia, but equally, Spain are really going to miss Dubravka today. ;)

I can see Spain racking up loads of shots and possession, only to lose on penalties while Luis Enrique posts up a ranty complaint on General Discussion.

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I can only assume that Luis Enrique's picking Garcia because of right-footedness - but even then he had a ready-made left-right CB combination in Pau Torres and Albiol which he's just overlooked.

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No Perisic but I think Croatia can still beat this very average Spain side. Will have to up their play from the groups though.

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Tbh, think there's a better chance of winning if we contest Spain, nothing good ever came to us from being too cautious or defensive.

Spain lacks confidence and even though they're a better team on paper, Modrić is still the only guy out of these 22 who can win the game by himself.

It's Vlašić's time to shine.

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19 minutes ago, Hazzaj said:

I can only assume that Luis Enrique's picking Garcia because of right-footedness - but even then he had a ready-made left-right CB combination in Pau Torres and Albiol which he's just overlooked.

Diego Llorente is right footed as well, and not to get all Leeds bias but he's had a good season, and looked much better than Garcia.

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1 minute ago, Pukey said:

Diego Llorente is right footed as well, and not to get all Leeds bias but he's had a good season, and looked much better than Garcia.

Idk how can it be bias, it's a no-brainer.

Playing a 20 year old who barely has any senior games played in a game like this isn't a good decision.

It's just that Enrique is extremely stubborn and it will cost them later on.

 

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Just now, Haguey said:

Feel bad for you Gunman, you'll be sad if Croatia lose and sad if they win too ;)

Or I can be happy with either outcome. :cool:

The head of the snake was cut off and got convicted, but all of his yes-men are still in positions.
Will take some time to purge everything.

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Since my gf and inlaws are Spanish, I guess I'm hoping Spain progress. No team with Vida in it should get anything anyway, so aupa España :)

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7 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

Just so people don't need to repeatedly say "bring on Adama Traoré" late on, he's the player cut from the squad.

Danny Murphy will be in tears :( although it is ITV doing the live game

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2 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

She says better things than most co-commentators, just wish she was a bit less boring doing it. 

Yeah that's fair, she's not got the most thrilling voice. Still miles better than Danny Murphy and Lee Dixon at least.

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6 minutes ago, EnterUsernameHere said:

She says better things than most co-commentators, just wish she was a bit less boring doing it. 

nobody is worse than listening to Dixon, almost as if he wants to be ITV's version of Lawrenson :D

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