Belgium vs Croatia
Belgium started of with a important 2:0 away win to Wales, using the fact that they played with a man more from twenty fifth minute when Collins, host’s defender was sent off the pitch, scoring one goal in each halftime and winning the game fairly.
Goals were scored by Kompany in the first halftime, while Verthongen was the scorer of the second goal which secured very important victory for the Belgium side. This was a great start for the Belgium side, that also have won over Netherlands back in August 4:2 and are awaiting this match in much better mood than they were in for several years. While many people see Belgium as already winners of this match, their national team coach is more careful saying that the Croatia is a country with very good football tradition and that he was impressed with their squad back at Euro 2012. Offensive midfielder Moussa Dembele is doubtful, while the coach has no other worries in front of the game.
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Croatia was somehow lucky to overpower FYR Macedonia in the first round, as they struggled to find the net of very hard working opponent, but finally managed to break it with a goal from Nikica Jelavic in 69th minute of the game. It was an hard match for the Croats, as their opponents stood really well at the field and didn’t allow the Croatians much space in the midfield.
Now, the Croats are having much tougher opponent, away from their side and it won’t be easy for them at all as their coach said: “The biggest competitor for us in this group is Belgium who surely had the best squad of all time, when looking at individual quality”. Main Croatian defender Corluka got injured in a Friday’s game and probably will not be playing tonight.
Belgium could be able to win this one, but the team that didn’t show any steady progress in matter of results and qualifications for years is not to be trusted in bigger matches, at least not for now. Betting on goals looks like a smarter idea here, as the Beglium side really has powerful players in offensive part who could provide the ones like Lukaku and Verthongen with decent passes, while Croats with Modric, Perisic and Mandzukic would represent a real threat to any national team.
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