Game: Bulgaria – Croatia
Date: 10 October,Friday, 2014 year
Start time: 18:45 GMT
Bulgaria hosts Croatia in the second meeting between the teams in group “H” of qualifying for Euro 2016. Both teams started the qualifications good and have three points after a played one game. The favorite in group Italy also have 3 points. Meeting at the stadium “Vasil Levski” in Sofia on Friday is very important for the final standings in the group, as both teams have the ambition to be ranked one of the top two places.
Bulgaria had a difficult task in his first game – to win as the guest of the tough team of Azerbaijan. In the first half Ilian Mitsanski give an advance of team of Bulgarian, but Dmitri Nazarov equalized early in the second half. Bulgaria, however, showed strong character and three minutes before the end of the game reserve Ventsislav Hristov scored with a header, which brought the team’s success.
The head coach of team Lyuboslav Penev will not be able to re-count in the upcoming game bvshiyat player of CSKA Emil argorov who failed to recover from injury and dropped out of the Grand Chamber of the matches with Croatia and Norway. In a game expected to return to captain Team Ivelin Popov, who missed the first qualification of a broken cheekbone Bulgaria.
As host qualifiers for the European Championship in Bulgaria bad run in the last five fights have only one win, one draw and three losses. In his last official match at home lost to Bulgaria Czech Republic 0: exactly one year ago that ended the best chances of the team to qualify for the World Cup 2014 final home game of the team against Croatia was in 2005, when the Bulgarians retreated with 1:3 in qualification for the World Cup in Germany.
Croatia started with an expected victory with 2:0 over Malta outsider in the group. The surprise of the match was that fans in Zagreb had to wait until the second half to allow the hosts to overcome the defense of his rival by Luka Modric. This helped the expulsion of the player Malta in the 30th minute, which further tipped the scales in favor of “chess”.
Croatia will be without one of its key players in defense for the visit of Sofia. The right-back Sime Varsalko with an ankle injury and will be unable to take part in the game and in the next match against Azerbaijan team.
Most of the players on the team are in very good shape. The team has world-class stars such as Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, but the focus is the greatest hope of the local championship Andrei Kramarich. Rijeka striker is held up as the new big star and will almost certainly be a holder of “Vasil Levski”.
Sites in Croatia already predict the starting squad, which will rely Niko Kovac. It looks like this:
Daniel Subasic, Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovro, Daniel Pranjic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivica Olic, Andrei Kramarich, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Mandzhukich.
In the last two games between them both teams scored eight goals.
Croatia haven’t a loss against Bulgaria in the last three games.