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Lars Lagerback’s men managed to hold off the Croats in Reykjavik on Friday and prolong their hopes of making history in Zagreb this Tuesday, but they will have to make without their top striker Olafur Skulason.
While on this barrage match many expected a safe passage of Croats , after the first meeting in Reykjavik is quite clear that selection of Iceland will be a very tough nut to crack for Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and other Croat stars .
In fact , the first match finished without goals , although Iceland almost for the entire second half had a player less , so ahead of the re-match in Zagreb, Lars Lagerback’s men certainly gain even more confidence .
With an eye on reaching their fourth World Cup finals, Croatia prepared in Zagreb on Monday (18 November) for the second leg of their qualifying play-off against Iceland.
On the other hand , favored Croatia four days ago just confirmed once again that team is in crisis , as in the fifth qualifier in a row they failed to win. A good news for Croats is that they didn’t concede any so in Zagreb in front of their fans where they rarely lose they will have a great opportunity to reach Brazil and world cup next summer.
Probable starting lineup of Croatia: Pletikosa – Corluka, Lovren, Simunic – Srna, Kovacic, Modric, Kranjcar, Rakitic – Mandzukic, Olic
Probable starting lineup of Iceland: Halldorsson – Ottesen, R.Sigurdsson, Arnason, SKULASON – Gunnarsson, Bjarnason – Gudjohnsen, G.Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson – Finnbogason