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Written by Patrick Echatah

Croatia and Italy will face off in the last Group B match of Euro 2024, a match that will determine who advances to the knockout stage. Each side is looking for a victory going into the match.

All things considered, this game looks to be an exciting one that might go either way. The side that performs better under pressure and sticks to their game plan will probably progress.


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Preview

Croatia have not impressed thus far, even with standout players like Modrić and Perišić. They were held to a draw by Albania and conceded a lot against Spain. They have to win in order to advance, and losing assures their elimination.

After defeating Albania, Italy got off to a fantastic start before losing narrowly to Spain. The outcome of Albania’s match versus Spain determines the Azzuri qualifying fate. Italy would be satisfied with a draw if Albania were to lose. The Italians will want to recover and display their tenacity.

Head To Head

In their past meetings, Croatia have had a slim advantage over Italy, but overall their head-to-head record is pretty even.

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Key Performers

Mateo Kovacic and captain Luka Modric will continue to work together in midfield, while Josko Gvardiol will continue to play central defence, with veteran winger Ivan Perisic starting at left back.

Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was voted player of the tournament at Euro 2020, will lead the Azzurri, with Nicolo Barella and Alessandro Bastoni almost guaranteed to start as well.

Verdict

This is going to be a keenly contested affair. Though Croatia have a lot of potential, Football Pundits have tipped Italy to win this match. A close scoreline and a tight, heated match are to be expected. However, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if either team win by a narrow margin.

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