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Euro 2024: Croatia vs Italy-Match Preview

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Italy and Croatia are set for an intense match in Leipzig, both aiming to avoid an early exit from Euro 2024.

Italy, with three points in Group B, have a good chance to advance to the last 16.

If they manage to avoid defeat against Croatia, they will secure a spot as runners-up alongside Spain, who have already advanced as group winners.

However, a loss for Italy coupled with an Albania victory over Spain could see them heading home early.

On the other hand, Croatia can secure second place by defeating Italy, provided Albania doesn’t beat Spain.

A draw would leave Croatia relying on other results to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams.

Italy’s boss, Luciano Spalletti, believes his team will bounce back stronger from their 1-0 loss to Spain.

It’s unfortunate that Torino forward Nikola Vlasic had to leave the camp due to injury.

Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalic might consider making some changes to the starting lineup.

It is very likely that Bruno Petkovic could be replaced by Ante Budimir in the forward position.

On the other hand, captain Luka Modric is a sure starter, especially after his impressive performance against Albania.

In his 34th major tournament appearance, Modric showcased his experience and skill.

His 64 passes in the final third during the game set a remarkable record, ranking as the second-highest in a single European Championship match.

Croatia possible lineup

Livakovic, Stanisic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa,Modric, Sucic, Kovacic,Passaic, Budimir, Kramaric

Italy possible lineup

Donnarumma,Darmian, Bastoni, Calafiori, Dimarco, Fagioli, Barella, Chiesa, Pellegrini, Zaccagni,Retegui

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