Croatia’s U-21 squad took care of business in Austria on Tuesday night in convincing fashion!
In what was projected to be their toughest match of U-21 Euro Qualifying (away at Austria), the Mladi Vatreni defeated Austria’s U-21s 3-1. 18 year-old star Lukas Kačavenda opened the scoreline for Croatia in the 14th minute, hitting a rocket from 25 yards out into the upper corner. Kačavenda, one of Lokomotiva Zagreb’s best players this season, has been on the radar of many top European clubs. 21 year-old Bartol Franjić doubled Croatia’s lead in the 41st minute, heading in a wonderful set-piece cross from 19 year-old Luka Sučić (no surprise there, folks!). Sučić, the most promising talent on the Mladi Vatreni’s roster, scored Croatia’s third goal of the night, converting a penalty drawn by the in-form Antonio Marin. Austria scored a consolation goal in the 67th minute, as the game ended 3-1 in favor of Croatia.
After their crucial victory on Tuesday, the Mladi Vatreni remain perfect in U-21 Euro Qualifying, impressively winning all six of their matches so far. No question about it, this is the most talented under-21 side that Croatia has ever fielded. Salzburg’s wunderkinds Luka Sučić and Roko Šimić have been exceptional for the squad this campaign. A huge part of the Mladi Vatreni’s success in their group is due to Sučić’s three goals and three assists and Šimić’s outstanding six goals. Man, the future is bright!