10 shots and dominant ball possession were not enough for the Mladi Vatreni on Wednesday evening, as they fell 2-0 to Ukraine’s U21 side in their U21 Euro opening match.
Despite the scoreline, Croatia actually had many more quality scoring chances, including a 3-yard sitter that was blasted off the crossbar midway through the second half. Both of Ukraine’s goals were scored against the run of play and on the counter-attack, something that the Croatian backline had a very tough time defending.
Remember, the boys played this match without Luka Sučić, Hrvoje Smolčić, and Stipe Biuk. Gvardiol and Šutalo are also eligible, but far too skilled for this competition.
Croatia’s biggest standout of the match was their #10, Martin Baturina – arguably the nation’s hottest midfield prospect at the moment. Next up, Spain on Saturday.