Croatia 2022 World Cup squad: Roster, outlook, players to watch

A small nation of just 3.8 million people has just won its best ever World Cup result after its inspiring run to the final in Russia. In 2018, Croatia survived three extra-time clashes in the knockout stage, including penalty shootouts in the round of 16 and semi-finals, before losing to France in the final.

But Zlatko Dalić’s side suffered a lot after their World Cup success. Croatia have won just two of their eight matches in 2020 and failed to advance past the Euro 2020 knockout stages, losing to Spain in an extra-time thriller. But Croatia have lost only once since their disappointment at the Euros (a 3-0 loss to Austria in June in the UEFA Nations League), a run that includes wins against France and Denmark in recent months.

While they lost some of their star power with Mario Mandžukić and Ivan Rakitić retiring from international play, Croatia’s experience and reliable strength in midfield will give them another shot at an inspiring run. on the biggest stage in the world. A tough group will ensure Croatia don’t fall into the trap of complacency or make it pay with an embarrassing exit from the group stage.

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