It’s time for Spain vs Croatia in the Euro 2020 Round of 16! Luis Enrique and his troops face a tough test against the 2018 World Cup runners-up on the road to the quarterfinals.
We’ve already seen the Netherlands and Portugal exit the tournament in the Round of 16, and despite their inconsistent group stage Croatia still have more than enough talent to pull off the next upset of this round. Spain were great in their last game but the first two were a concern, and they must be at their best to advance.
Eric García, Sergio Busquets and Pedri start for La Roja, and the two Barcelona midfielders will be especially crucial against Luka Modric and a strong Croatian midfield. Jordi Alba and Dani Olmo are on the bench, which is a big surprise. This should be good. Vamos!
Starting XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Vida, Caleta-Car, Gvardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Rebic (4-3-3)
Bench: Kalinic (GK), Sluga (GK), Vrsaljko, Brekalo, Kramaric, Budimir, Pasalic, Skoric, Orsic, Badelj, Bradaric, Ivanusec
Starting XI: Simón; Azpilicueta, García, Laporte, Gayà; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Torres, Morata, Sarabia (4-3-3)
Bench: De Gea (GK), Sánchez (GK), D. Llorente, Pau Torres, M. Llorente, Gerard, Thiago, Rodri, Fabián, Alba, Olmo, Oyarzabal
Competition/Round: UEFA Euro 2020, Round of 16
Date/Time: Monday, June 28, 2021, 6pm CET (Barcelona), 5pm BST/WAT (UK), 12pm ET, 9am PT (USA), 9.30pm IST (India)
Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
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