This is exactly why the CroatianSports.com Team has been rooting for Croatia to finish 2nd in the England group. Whoever finishes 2nd will play the second place finisher from the Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Poland group in the Round of 16. The England match was a nice spectacle and it is disappointing that Croatia didn’t do much offensively, but the real tournament starts Friday vs. the Czech Republic.
In their opening round of matches, Slovakia defeated 10-man Poland 2-1 while Spain laid an absolute egg against Sweden. Spain dominated ball possession for 75% of the match and had five shots on goal but only managed a 0-0 draw against Sweden. They should have easily scored two goals in this game.
This Spain side is going through a lot of growing pains at the moment. The Vatreni just obliterated Slovakia in qualifying. Both Sweden and Poland are average European sides at best.
If all goes to plan, Croatia will beat Czech and Scotland to finish 2nd in group and then play Slovakia in the Round of 16. Imagine that: having to beat Slovakia to get into a stacked EURO quarterfinals. I will take that all day.