Nations League: Croatia vs France

France went to Zagreb to face Croatia in the UEFA Nations League to extend their unbeaten streak in Group A3. Croatia welcome the world champions to their home field after a 2-1 win over Sweden, which resulted in them fighting for the top spot.

Being kicked in the last 2 matches, Olivier Giroud can lead the attack again, coach Deschamps only made 2 changes in the match against Portugal, so people like Lucas Digne, Moussa Sissoko and Anthony Martial can add adds some freshness to the team. Having scored seven goals against Ukraine earlier this week, France manager Didier Deschamps can be confident that his side will continue their hot streak against Portugal on Sunday night. However, the European champions became the first team to stop Les Bleus from scoring in 11 consecutive games, and that leaves France much more work to do to take the top spot. With the same points as Portugal, France knew that Croatia had managed to close the gap to 4 points, making the 2018 World Cup winners demanding a strong performance in Zagreb. To a certain extent. 

Croatia will not have midfielder Marcelo Brozovic who is suspended for a match. Mario Pasalic is likely to replace Inter Milan players, while Tin Jedvaj, Borna Barisic and Domagoj Vida are stepping up starting in the defense. Croatia will first want to avoid relegation, something that is increasingly likely to happen if they avoid defeat in the next game. However, Zlatko Dalic will want to set a higher goal, especially as they have lost both of their last encounters against France with the score 4-2. The first of them famously was in the World Cup final, but Croatia made their opponents tougher in Paris last month before finally giving up. Hard victories over Switzerland in a friendly match and Sweden helped Dalic's army get back on track,

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