26 March, 2013 - 08:34

World Cup fixtures: Wales vs Croatia

World Cup fixtures: Wales vs Croatia

Wales host Croatia in the game which could be labeled a “must-win situation”. Should they manage to outplay the talented Croatia side, they move to within a four points of Stimac’s men with four games to go. If they suffer defeat, they face the likelihood of two more years without major tournament.

Wales boss Chris Coleman revealed he considers the game against Croatia to be the toughest test for his side. He said: “Croatia have impressed me the most - offensively they’re very aggressive and they’re quite physical. And obviously they’ve got a guy in the middle of the park, Luka Modric, who would grace any team. This will be a very tough game for different reasons than Friday, but we’ve got to play our own game. We passed the ball very well at Hampden Park and were very exciting. We have to have that same philosophy.”

“Sometimes you get results and sometimes you don’t, but the important thing for Wales is that we’ve got a style of play we’re trying to evolve,” he added.

Wales team news:

Despite having not a lot of injury concerns, Wales boss Chris Coleman will definitely miss out two his key players.

Aaron Ramsey has seen a red card against Scotland, meaning he is suspended for the crucial encounter with Croatia.

Joe Allen has suffered a shoulder injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

However the good piece of news for Chris Coleman is that David Vaughan and Gareth Bale are fit and ready to faceю

Croatia team news:

Igor Stimac is likely to reshuffle his squad for the game against Wales with 35-year-old defender Josip Simunic is expected to be dropped out of the squad in favour of Domagoj Vida. Another veteran Ivica Olic is set to be replaced with to be replaced by Nikica Jelavic.

Niko Kranjcar has picked up a knee injury and will miss out the forthcoming game.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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