Croatia take on the visitors Denmark in the round 5 match of UEFA Nations League (League A). The match will be played on Thursday, September 22nd at Stadion Maksimir (Zagreb).
Croatia 4 years ago showed its maximum result in history. In 2018, the "checkered" were able to surpass the record that had been held for 20 years, and reached the final of the World Cup. But since then, the stellar generation has almost completely gone - in fact, only Modric with Perisic, Lovren with Vida, Kovacic and Brozovic, as well as Kramaric are actually in the ranks. New stars of the same level have not appeared, although the same Guardiol and Vlasic are considered promising footballers. Zlatko Dalic manages to show a good level after the forced rejuvenation of the squad. The national team advanced to Euro 2020 from the group, and in the fall it managed to get ahead of Russia in qualifying for the World Cup. This summer, in the League of Nations, the Croats had a disastrous start, losing at home 0-3 to the Austrians. But then 4 points with the French were added (1-1 on the road and 1-0 at home) and a minimal victory on the Danish field. It is already clear that on Thursday the opponents will determine by 95, or even 99 percent, who will win the group as.
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Denmark national team gradually added in status. The "dynamite", which passed Wales and the Czech Republic, was stopped in the semi-final at home only by the favorite, England. And then in extra time, and at the expense of a highly controversial penalty kick. By the way, Schmeichel parried Kane's blow from the “point”, but Harry was the first to finish off. Without slowing down, Kasper Yulmand's wards passed the selection for the world championship, winning all 9 first matches, and only then complacently allowing themselves defeat to the motivated Scots. In the summer everything worked out for the most part: led by Eriksen, who returned and got in shape, the players won against France and Austria twice. But the only misfire was made with the main competitor, the Croats, failing to answer to Pasalic's goal in Copenhagen. However, the Scandinavians remain 1st, and the main objective now is simply not to lose.
Before the summer success, there was still recently a game in the 1/8 finals of the World Cup. Then, in 2018, Schmeichel also saved penalties, including in extra time, at 1-1, and in the post-match series. Nevertheless, Croatia turned out to be more successful and set off to rewrite its history. Bookmakers believe that Croatia has a good chance of winning the decisive match for this group. But the Danes won't let it pass so easily, and the hosts are pragmatic. We recommend betting on “under 2.5 goals”.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.