Prior to tonight’s match, Spain appears to be the favorite to retain this trophy, and they may support that assertion by cruising through Croatia in the quarterfinals. La Rojita, who won this trophy in impressive fashion two years ago, is coming to Maribor, Slovenia, on the strength of an extended unbeaten streak at this level.
Spain U21 vs Croatia U21
Spain U21 finished first in Group C to qualify for this EURO U21. With all eight victories (since the games against Russia U21 did not count) with a +22-goal differential, they dominated those Qualifications. Spain U21 is the heavy favorite to win the championship for a reason, and the odds only got worse following the opening match against Romania U21, the tournament’s host.
They were outstanding in the first game, winning 3:0 with nearly 80% ball possession. Towards the end of March, Spain made two trips to this stadium during the group stage, thrashing the Slovenian hosts 3-0 and then drawing 0-0 with Italy. The Czech Republic was defeated 2-0 by Luis de la Fuente’s team in Celje, with Levante forward Dani Gomez scoring both goals.
After placing second in group A and defeating Denmark U21 in the Playoff on penalties, Croatia U21 earned a spot-on EURO U21. After losing 2:0 to Ukraine U21, Croatia U21, together with Spain U21, lost their position as the tournament’s favorite to win group B. They now have a game versus Spain U21 that they must win.
Igor Biscan, a former Liverpool player, has an experienced team, especially in the middle of the field with Luka Ivanusec, Nikola Moro, and Lovro Majer.
However, there are concerns about this team’s caliber, and we worry that their shortcomings will be made clear.
The Spain U21 team has won nine of its last 11 games across all competitions, with seven of those nine victories coming by a score of at least two goals. They rarely score less than three goals and are quite threatening. However, if we look at their squad, we shouldn’t be shocked because the majority of these players are stars of some of Europe’s finest clubs, primarily those in Spain.
After earning a spot in the U21 EURO, Croatia U21 achieved impressive results. They drew with Israel U21 and Austria U21 and defeated extremely talented teams, England U21 and Poland U21. However, they performed poorly in the opening game of the competition which made their lives more difficult. Making matters worse, Mykhailo Mudryk, their finest player, was on the bench when Ukraine U21 defeated them.
Now that Croatia U21 must defeat Spain U21, they will have to play from the opening, but that could be dangerous given how readily Spain U21 can respond. The most recent victory came in the last EURO U21 Quarter-Finals, however, it came after extra time. Spain U21 won six of their eight head-to-head matches.
Tip: Spain to win / Over 2.5 Goals
Spain to win – ✅
Over 2.5 Goals – ❌
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- Romania U21 v Ukraine U21 ❌
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