Ukraine – Croatia: Review of forces before the battle

Personnel losses, the pre-match classifications, psychological state and comments from the mills of Ukraine and Croatia on the eve of “match of death”

To the main qualifiers Croatia and Ukraine approached in a different psychological state, but with a firm attitude on the result. Consider only the facts by which to judge the pre-match situation in both teams.

Fact # 1

Ukraine need a win

No draws or defeats – at the NSC “Olympic” today in the evening wards of Andrey Shevchenko arrange a victory.

In case of a draw, Ukraine will not be able to get around Croatia, because it has the worst goal difference (and this is the first in determining the best of the two teams with the same score). Moreover, additional indicators, in particular face-to-face meetings, Ukraine is inferior to Croatia.

In case of a victory also will not have problems with the rating of second places (recall that among the nine teams that took second places in their groups, one team with the worst record would be superfluous), as the number of points scored at the end of the selection, the winner of the match Ukraine – Croatia will be greater than at least three teams participating in the rating.

Fact # 2

Substantial losses in Ukraine

At the national team of Ukraine – an obvious breach on the right flank of defense, where after injuries Morozyuk and Butko almost nobody left, because most likely the right, as in the match with Kosovo, is nominal, the attacking halfback of “Dawn” Alexander Karavaev. In addition, due to suspension the team will not help Dynamo Kyiv forward Artem Kravets, which creates a problem in the centre forward position given, in fact, only one candidate to replace another one of the Dynamo’s Artem Besedin.

The back Yaroslav Rakitskiy, but in any condition it is difficult to understand. However, the alternatives pair Rakitskiy and Khacheridi in the centre of defence for today. Moreover, the suspension got a spare defender of Shakhtar’s Ivan Ordets.

From Croatia, according to the pre-match classifications, personnel from a catastrophic situation has passed the stage of “tolerable”.

At least, it was announced that will be able to play the Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren and striker Juventus, Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic. Of the losses can be noted except that the midfielder “inter” Marcelo Brozovich, but it is for Croatia, well, not deadly.

Still do not expect in the upcoming game for the Milan striker Nikola Kalinic, defender of “Locomotive” of Vedran Corluka , and Midfielders MATEO Kovacic (real Madrid) and Marco Piazza (Juventus). By name – this is serious, in fact, given the personnel reserve of the Croats, problem looks like only the loss of Corluka.

Fact # 3

In Croatia a lot of pressure. Stronger than Ukraine

Forced an emergency change of coach at a previously unknown wide football public Zlatko Delica, derogatory criticism of the media and fans after the last matches (especially after a home draw with Finland in the last round) are all available.

In fact, the Croats faced with a choice “do or die” “do or die”, while Ukraine from the hustle delivered. First and foremost, due to different opinions in society about whether Ukraine is generally to reach the final of the world Cup to be held in Russia.

In Croatian media, in particular, called the upcoming game “ending that solves all”, adding that “Croatia tonight or will win or will suffer the most painful loss in its history.”

Fact # 4

Shevchenko will have to work hard with tactics

Yes, Croatia in recent times especially did not indulge his fans with goals, but do not know how to behave like players in a when nowhere to retreat. Need and prepares for the worst.

Even with the personnel losses of the Croats in the presence of Midfielders Luka Modric (real Madrid), Ivan Perisic (“inter”) and Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), forwards Andrew Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), in General, sufficient of players attack to attack the most sensitive spot of Ukraine – protection.

Yet all it seems that at the start of Shevchenko expect the emergence in midfield of two destroyers (as an option – together with Stepanenko (Shakhtar) will be the Dynamo’s Yarmolenko) and a more explicit focus on the flanks of the attack.

Fact # 5

The stadium will be sold out

Prior knowledge about the high probability of a full house. At least under the cash desks “Olympic” there are large queues of fans looking for “extra” ticket.


“I led my team to the finals of the Asian Champions League but is the biggest and most important match in my career. I know that in case of defeat much to lose and I personally, but we are not afraid. I know that will be difficult, but I believe in the victory of Ukraine”, – quotes Zlatko Dadich

“In a great mood, waiting for tomorrow our fans, we are ready for the game. I think that in our group we and Croatia showed more or less stable football from the point of view of the game, the game organization. Not always, the result was for both teams that was needed, but now for us it’s the final game,” at the press conference said the chief coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko.


Croatian sports newspaper Sportske has already published composition, which this evening should come against Ukraine:

Subašić – Kind, Mitrovic, Lovren, Vrsaljko – Badelj, Rakitic, Kramaric, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.

According to this embodiment, the trainer of Croats are still going to gently enter the game (as evidenced by the presence of the destroyer of Badelj). However, it is worth noting that there is always a chance for some changes in the lineup right before the game. Because, for now just keep this part in mind and prepare to be sick.

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