FINAL: Croatia take all 3 points on the road in Armenia and win 1-0. This is Croatia’s third straight clean sheet in Euro 2024 qualifying. The Vatreni have only conceded once in four matches.
(84′): Petković subbed out. Musa in.
(74′): Ivanušec subbed out. Majer in.
(73′): The ball comes to Stanišić across the box and he he relatively wide open. He smashed the ball one inch wide of the post. Croatia should have scored a second goal by now.
(69′): Kramarić subbed out. Pašalić in.
(61′): Modrić puts Perišić on a 1:1 with the Armenian keeper and the keeper gets a piece of it for a corner. Should have been a goal and Perišić should have done better.
(59′): Kramarić beats the keeper with a strong, low shot from inside the box but the ball goes just wide of the post.
(14′): After a long VAR review following a corner kick, Kramarić is credited with the goal. He was clearly offside but the review showed the ball bounced off an Armenian player last. 1-0 Croatia!
Croatia has its chance to find themselves top of Group D with a game in hand should they be victorious Monday evening in Armenia. However, this is easier said than done as the Armenians have proved to be no push-overs.
Croatia’s dismantling of Latvia earlier in the week inspires confidence in perhaps a newfound ability for the Vatreni to score goals, even against low bunker teams. Last time Croatia faced Armenia in a friendly match, it ended by the score of 1-1 with Armenia having effectively sat back and defended all game long. Perhaps this time, that strategy may prove ineffective against a much more threatening Croatian attack, with the likes of a youthful and energetic Luka Ivanušec, the skillful Andrej Kramarić, Ivan Perišić’s consistent quality and Bruno Petković’s recent hot-streak. Or was this just a one-off against a poor Latvian side? I believe a good result against Armenia will further prove our improvements on the front end, however a frustrating performance would maybe set us back and bring up more of the same questions fans have been asking themselves in recent memory. Regardless, three points here is needed considering the seeding for the four pots at the upcoming Euros. Should Croatia finish top of their group, they are not guaranteed a Pot 1 spot, but rather, need to be amongst the five best group winners in order to be in Pot 1 (considering Germany already clinched a Pot 1 spot due to them being hosts).