The first match of play off which take place in Spain, Burgos. They will play two matches and in this one, Spain will be the host in Burgos. Spain U21 were compiting in group 4 and interesting thing is that they ended on second place bedind Netherlands even they had more victory and more points than Croatia. They played eight matches with excellent score of 6-1-1 and goal difference 15-5.
Croatia was in group 7, finished on the first place with 5-2-1. Interesting thing is that Croatia didn’t lose any away match through qualification and Spain won all of their games at home.
Mentality of teams which come from Balkan is very strange in situations like this one, and I don’t see the way for Croatia to stay unbeaten in the first match. The Croatian coach Drazen Ladic said that nobody wanted Spain in this phase because they are one of the toughest opponent with an excellent team who plays in an Barselona style. Striker from Blackbourn Nikola Kalinic will be the most important player for Croatia and interesting story is that after the draw, his team-mate Salgado told him that they didn't stand a chance against Spain.
The main goal for Croatia in this game is to score and it would be ideal to get draw 1-1
Spain has to be very wary but I think that they must win in this game because rematch in Croatia could be tricky. I am pretty sure they gonna win at home and I’ll take this one with handicap.
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