Spain are coming into the pre-quarterfinals with a five-star shine, though they have started to falter
Copenhagen, First Published Jun 28, 2021, 8:41 AM IST
Copenhagen: Big fights today in the Euro Cup pre-quarter. Croatia will face former champions Spain at 9.30pm and world champions France will face Switzerland at 12.30pm.
Spain are coming into the pre-quarterfinals with a five-star shine, though they have started to falter. Croatia, meanwhile, are reeling from a string of World Cup finalists. The Croats’ first challenge was to snatch the ball from the Spanish team, who were floating on the lawn with short passes. Kovid victim Ivan Perisic will be replaced by Ann Rebic. Croatia will be led by midfielders Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Matteo Kovacic.
The Spanish coach Luis Enrique will be tasked with scoring the Moreno, Morata and Sarabia trio and the Busquets, Pedri and Coke trio.
France put the football world under their feet in 2018 but that vigor is not seen in the Euros. Hungary and Portugal were held to a draw when they narrowly missed out on a goal against Germany. Capturing France will not be easy for the Swiss defense when it comes to form. Killian Mbabane, Andrs Griezmann and Karim Benzema are capable of scoring at any moment. French coach Didier Deschamps has no worries about the midfield or defense.
But if the Shakka and Shakiri pair bring Swiss hopes to their feet, the French fort may collapse.
This is the ninth match between Croatia and Spain. Spain have won four and Croatia three. One game ended in a draw. The last time the two teams met was in the 2018 UEFA Nations League. Croatia then beat Spain by three goals to two.
France and Switzerland, meanwhile, have clashed in 38 games so far. France won 16 matches and Switzerland 12 matches. Ten matches ended in a draw. The last time the two teams met in 2016 was in a goalless draw.
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