In the latest Euro qualifiers, Croatia was in a commanding 2-0 lead against Wales, but two consecutive losses to Turkey and Wales left them in third place. With only one victory separating them from qualification, they faced a difficult upcoming match against Latvia.
The “fiery” team had been hit hard with numerous absences, including Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, and Luka Ivanušec. Bruno Petković was also not fully prepared for the game. These challenges were reflected in their poor performance as they lost to Turkey (1-0) and Wales (2-1).
Despite these setbacks, Croatia was still optimistic about their chances of making it to the Euros. They had two tough matches coming up against Armenia and Turkey, which had already secured their spot in the tournament. However, they hoped that Wales would falter in at least one game and that they could complete their final two tasks successfully.
Their first task was to travel to Riga for a crucial match against Latvia. The entire contingent in the away sector had sold out tickets for the event, making it even more challenging for Croatia’s opponents who were motivated and excited to face such an opponent.
Luka Ivanušec and Andrej Kramarić returned to the squad after being absent from previous matches, but Ivan Perišić and Bruno Petković were still missing. Mateo Kovačić, Luka Sučić, Nikola Vlašić, and Josip Juranović also dropped out of the squad due to injury or illnesses. Despite this setback, coach Dalić felt confident that his team still had enough quality players to win against Latvia and Armenia.
As they entered into this crucial match against Latvia at 18:00 on Nova TV broadcasting live from Riga City Arena stadium today , all eyes were on them . The crowd was eagerly waiting for what will happen next .