Team analysis

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia squad
No.PlayerBornPos.BULAUTESPBELITAGSClub
1Adrian Šemper12/01/1998Goalkeeper8080 8080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
2Matej Hudećek27/12/1998Defender80808080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
3Borna Sosa21/01/1998Defender808040*8080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
4Martin Erlić24/01/1998Defender8034* Parma FC (ITA)
5Branimir Kalaica01/06/1998Defender8080808080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
6Vinko Soldo15/02/1998Defender808040+8080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
7Josip Brekalo23/06/1998Forward808027+8080 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
8Neven Djurasek15/08/1998Midfield73*80 80*80* NK Varaždin (CRO)
9Karlo Majić03/03/1998Forward8080*25+65* 1 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
10Nikola Moro12/03/1998Midfield8080 80801 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
11Davor Lovren03/10/1998Forward20+66*55*80801 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
12Ivan Nevistić31/07/1998Goalkeeper 80 NK Osijek (CRO)
13Mihael Briški02/01/1999Defender 80 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
14Dino Halilović08/02/1998Midfield7+ 801+20+ Cornella (ESP)
15Saša Urošević26/01/1999Midfield 80 NK Istra 1961 (CRO)
16Marko Gjira05/05/1999Midfield80*46+ 70*60* GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
17Matko Babić28/07/1998Forward60*14+53*15+15+1 NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
18Adrian Blečić08/03/1998Forward1+1+80 65*1 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
19Adrian Zenko04/04/1998Midfield8010+1+ HNK Gorica (CRO)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach: Dario Bašić
10/05/85
"We conceded only one goal in our five matches, but the one scored by Belgium was a psychological setback for us. It was a high-pressure game and, in the shoot-out, they kept their cool better than us. It was important for the players to realise that football – and life – are like that. The next time they are in a situation like that, they will handle the pressure better. They reacted extremely well and it was a solid performance against Italy that allowed us to achieve our objective of qualifying for Chile."

Croatia team analysis

Croatia team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 with player rotation but five always in controlling roles
• Rapid transitions in both directions with spells of high pressing
• Excellent constructive passing game with good options for ball-carrier
• Ubiquitous Nikola Moro the key component in linking defence to attack
• Well-organised, disciplined compact defending; good links between lines
• Good width; wingers cutting in, full-backs attacking, notably Borna Sosa on left
• Athletic, skilful players with varied tactical options, great team spirit