Team analysis

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia
No.PlayerBornPos.ITARUSUKRGSClub
1Marko Marić03/01/1996Goalkeeper808080 SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
2Marko Stolnik08/07/1996Defender808035+ GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
3Petar Mamić06/03/1996Defender808079 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
4Ivan Šunjić09/10/1996Midfield808080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
5Duje Ćaleta-Car17/09/1996Defender808080 HNK Šibenik (CRO)
6Franjo Prce07/01/1996Defender808080 HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
7Josip Bašić02/03/1996Midfield8052*80 HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
8Ante Roguljić11/03/1996Midfield808045* NK Adriatic Split (CRO)
9Fran Brodić08/01/1997Forward59*61*80 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
10Alen Halilović18/06/1996Midfield8080801 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
11Frane Vojković20/12/1996Midfield808063* HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
12Ivo Grbić18/01/1996Goalkeeper HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
13Hrvoje Džijan26/06/1996Defender GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
14Anton Krešić29/01/1996Defender NK Zagreb (CRO)
15Lukas Ćuljak05/03/1996Defender FC Bayern München (GER)
16Ivan Fiolić29/04/1996Midfield 17+ GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
17Karlo Lulić10/05/1996Midfield 19+ NK Osijek (CRO)
18Robert Murić12/03/1996Forward21+28+801 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach
Ivan Gudelj
21/09/60
Our defence played excellently – all four, plus the goalkeeper and the two defensive midfielders. We were dominant for the most part and had some good chances. But we had problems in finding the final ball. I was sad we didn't go through because we were the best team in the group. I think we deserved to go further, because we did everything that was needed – except that we lacked calm finishing when it was needed. Now we will have another chance at the World Cup.

Croatia team analysis

Croatia team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 with single or twin screening midfielders

• Mix of possession-based build-ups and direct counterattacking

• Well-organised defence; 1 v 1 ability and aerial strength

• Good use of flanks with adventurous full-backs

• Middle-to-front creativity; Alen Halilović (No10), control, vision, running with the ball

• Fast transitions; immediate strong pressure after loss of ball

• Dangerous set plays; aerial power and free-kick specialist Halilovic