The European Championship is within reach for Croatia, but they must first overcome the 95th national team in the world – Armenia. Coach Zlatko Dalić has a chance to make history by becoming the first coach to take Croatia to a major competition four times, and fans are eagerly anticipating a victory. If Croatia wins, it will be their seventh consecutive trip to a big competition.
The starting lineup for Croatia will remain mostly unchanged from their last match, with goalkeeper Livaković, Stanišić, Šutalo, Erlić, and Gvardiol in the back line, Modrić and Brozović in the middle, and Majer, Kramarić, and Ivanušec forming the offensive trio. However, there are some minor injuries that may affect their performance.
The match against Armenia carries significant financial implications for the Croatian Football Association as UEFA “honors” all national teams that qualify for the European Championship in Germany with 9.25 million euros. Coach Dalić is taking this match seriously and is determined to win the European Championship. Luka Modrić may play his 172nd and possibly final match for the national team against Armenia.
If Croatia emerges victorious against Armenia, Luka will have an opportunity to say goodbye on a high note in front of strong support from Croatian fans at the European Championship in Germany. However, they must overcome Armenia first before achieving their dream of winning another major competition.