Croatia-Albania, the two teams on the field for 3 points/ British media predicts the result

2024-06-18 20:54:25 / SPORT ALFA PRESS

Croatia-Albania, the two teams on the field for 3 points/ British media predicts
Croatia and Albania will play for victory in the second match that the teams will have, after losing in the first group matches, within the framework of Euro2024.

Croatia in particular had a disappointing start as they were beaten 3-0 by Spain.

Bruno Petkovic thought he would give his side a chance to get back into the game when he converted after his penalty was first saved by Unai Simon but his shot was cleared.

Albania is one of the least quoted teams, participating in Euro2024, according to FIFA, with the position in the 66th place in the world.

They had their dream start to the tournament when they scored after just 23 seconds against Italy.

Nedjim Bajrami's strike was the fastest in Euro history.

The Reds looked shell-shocked to lead so early against Italy, which allowed the Azzurri to claw their way back into the game.

Goals from Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella were enough to secure a 2-1 defeat to the Italians. Croatia will hope to control the midfield with the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.

Meanwhile, Albania will look to Chelsea striker Armando Broja to lead their attack.

Both Modric and Kovacic are likely to start against Albania.

Ante Budimir has struggled up front and Petkovic could come in his place.

Meanwhile, Albania has all the players available. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said he has been paying attention to Albania after his team's loss to Spain.

"We are analyzing Albania and we will see what we have to do, being aware that this is a crucial match for us, that we have to win and that our opponents have confidence after a good performance against Italy.

They took the lead in the first minute and put up a good fight. Another difficult match and a tough fight awaits us, but we are used to that," he said.

Former Arsenal player and Albania coach Sylvinho said: "The fans were incredible, inside and outside the stadium. It's a shame we couldn't equalize [against Italy].

"If we hadn't conceded the second goal, we would have been in a good position to hit them on the counterattack."

SunSport's prediction?

2-1 for Croatia

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