HRVATSKA Starting XI vs. Czech Republic: Livaković – Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Gvardiol – Modrić, Kovačić – Brekalo, Kramarić, Perišić – Rebić
There’s not much else to say. That was one of the worst VAR penalty calls to date. Croatia came back to force a 1-1 draw. They must win against Scotland on Tuesday to book a spot in the Round of 16.
Ćaleta-Car and Brozović are out of the Croatia Starting XI. Lovren and Brekalo are in.
Lovren really doesn’t need to replace DCC. That’s like a lateral demotion. I don’t think it will make much of a difference at the end. Brozović is out because we don’t need to play two 8’s with a #6 against this Czech team. Kovačić would play the CDM role behind Modrić while the much quicker Brekalo replaces Broz; adding much more offense to the squad. Lots of speed and attack, especially with Perišić and Rebić still out there.