Croatia has asserted itself as Group F leader having accumulated a draw against Morocco and a colossal victory by four goals to one against the Canadians.
Zlatko Dalic’s men will be in search of another compelling triumph as they look to once again grace the knockout stages of the World Cup.
The magnitude of the task ahead of them must not be underplayed, as they are set to face Belgium in their final group-stage encounter. The silver lining, however, is that they will be facing a deteriorating Belgium side, whose players are in the twilight years of their careers.
Group F has been conceivably the most competitive with Morocco, Belgium, and Croatia all vying for a spot in the Round of 16s.
The mainstay midfield of Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, and skipper, Luka Modric will be integral to the Vatreni’s triumph this evening. The trinity will need to remain composed and control the tempo of the game, to enhance their chance for success.
Marko Livaja retains his position as the right winger with the Croats naming an unchanged 11 from their previous victory against Canada. Livaja and Ivan Perisic’s dribbling, movements on the wing, and runs into the channels were decisive for their victory.
Eden Hazard has been dropped for Belgium in their pivotal clash against the Vatreni.