Croatia travels to Minsk on August 12th for one of their most important qualifiers in recent years. Anything less than a win against Belarus will surely see Croatia throw away a chance to play in South Africa next summer.
The Croatian national squad will finally be back at 100% with Eduardo, Niko Kranjčar and Ivica Križanac returning from injury. I have no doubt in my mind that Croatia will win this game. If Croatia can’t beat a mediocre Belarus team after two draws with Ukraine; they don’t deserve to play amongst the world’s elite at the World Cup next summer. Granted Croatia have been through a tough stretch with injuries to some star players and an unforgiving red card call and defensive misstep against England.
With all that in hand, we still control our own destiny for a playoff spot.
PREDICTION: Croatia cruises to a 3-0 victory with two goals by Eduardo and another by Luka Modrić.
I’m also taking suggestions to whether CSR should Twitter the game live like we’ve been doing the past two matches. Please let me know if you are interested as the game lies in a work/school day.