Spain and Croatia meet in the Euro 2020 last-16 on Monday looking to keep their dreams of winning the competition alive (5pm kick-off UK time).
Three-time European champions Spain finished second in Group E, while Croatia were also runners-up in Group D.
Where to watch Croatia vs Spain on TV:
- UK: ITV 1
- US: ESPN
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Scoreline prediction: Croatia 1-2 Spain
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Croatia vs Spain build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The 2018 World Cup runners-up, Croatia have made themselves a team to be cautious of in recent years, and they would have entered Euro 2020 hoping for another good run in a major tournament. Croatia started Euro 2020 in the worst possible way, losing 1-0 to England without ever really testing their opponents, and drawing 1-1 with Czech Republic – one point from their opening two matches. But a 3-1 win over Scotland in their final game not only secured their spot in the last-16, but also second place in Group D, ahead of Czech Republic on goals scored.
Their reward was a tie against Spain, who also finished runners-up in their group thanks to a final day win. Despite going unbeaten, Spain were disappointing in their opening two matches, held to a goalless draw by Sweden and then finishing level with Poland. Luis Enrique’s men went into the final game in third place on just two points, but they thumped Slovakia 5-0 to leapfrog their opponents, securing a comfortable finish in the end – calming some of the fears over their finishing.
- Croatia (vs Scotland): Livakovic; Juranovic; Lovren*, Vida, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic*.
- Spain (vs Slovakia): Simon; Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Sarabia, Morata, Moreno.
Dejan Lovren is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament last time out against Scotland, while Ivan Perisic is absent. Spain, meanwhile, have no fresh injury concerns.
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Players to watch:
- Croatia: The biggest task for Croatia will be to replace Ivan Perisic’s threat in attack, but one man who could do that is Ante Rebic. Rebic replaced Perisic late on in the win over Scotland, having dropped down to the bench after starting the opening two group games. Those two starts came with Rebic as Croatia’s main centre-forward, but he struggled to cause any real problems on the England or Czech Republic defences. However, by pushing Rebic out to the wing, Zlatko Dalic can also play one of Andrej Kramaric or Bruno Petkovic through the middle, giving the AC Milan someone to work alongside. In Serie A last season, Rebic was directly involved in 15 goals, scoring 11 and assisting four, with seven of those strikes coming in matches he had started on the wing.
- Spain: La Roja weren’t good in their opening two matches but looked a completely different side against Slovakia, securing the win and route to the last-16. It’s no coincidence that the change in performance came with Sergio Busquets back in the team. Busquets had missed Spain’s first two matches but started against Slovakia as the deepest man of their midfield three and his presence allowed his partners more freedom to roam – with Pedri in particular thriving. With Busquets in the team, Spain also made the most of their possession, actually probing their opposition defence rather than keeping the ball with little threat. He may not be an attacker, but Busquets may actually be Spain’s biggest attacking threat.