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Spain vs Croatia: La Roja look to kick of EURO 2024 with win against Luka Modric and co

Spain vs Croatia: La Roja look to kick of EURO 2024 with win against Luka Modric and co

Spain, the three-time winner of the European Championship, lifted the trophy in 1964, 2008, and 2012

The EURO 2024 opening match of Group B promises to be a fascinating clash as Croatia takes on Spain at the Olympiastadion Berlin on Saturday. Spain, the three-time winner of the European Championship, lifted the trophy in 1964, 2008, and 2012. While they reached the semi-finals in Euro 2020, Croatia has never progressed past the quarter-finals in this competition. The Spain vs Croatia Live Streaming will be on Sony Liv with the match starting at 9.30 PM IST on 15th June.

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Spain topped their group in qualification and has shown remarkable growth under Luis de la Fuente. In their previous match, La Furia Roja thrashed Northern Ireland 5-1 and aim for a similar result this weekend.

On the other hand, Croatia finished second in their UEFA Euro qualification standings. The Balkan nation has had inconsistent performances over the past year. However, their stunning 2-1 victory over Portugal this week boosts their confidence ahead of this fixture.

Spain vs Croatia Team News

Spain Team News

De la Fuente has kept his lineup decisions close to his chest, offering few hints about the starting XI. Mikel Merino and Dani Olmo are candidates to start, but they might ultimately be on the bench. Fabian Ruiz and Nico Williams could feature from the first whistle instead.

Aymeric Laporte was expected to start but missed training on Thursday due to a muscular issue. Hence, Nacho is likely to play in the central defense. Dani Carvajal, fresh from helping Real Madrid win a La Liga and Champions League double, will feature.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal is set to become the youngest player to ever take the field at a European Championship, likely starting on the right wing for Spain.

Spain Predicted XI:

Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Nacho, Grimaldo; Ruiz, Rodri, Pedri; Yamal, Morata, Williams

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Croatia Team News

For Croatia, the midfield lineup is straightforward, with Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic set to feature. Lovro Majer, who has eight goals in 31 caps, is also likely to start, with Andrej Kramaric and Ante Budimir potentially joining him in the attack.

Although Ivan Perisic is still recovering from a serious knee injury and not at 100%, he will likely start on the bench. Marin Pongracic is tipped to get the nod alongside Josip Sutalo in central defense.

Josko Gvardiol will face off against his Manchester City teammate Rodri, while the opposite side of the defense will likely feature Bayer Leverkusen’s Josip Stanisic.

Croatia Predicted XI

Livakovic; Stanisic, Sutalo, Pongracic, Gvardiol; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Majer, Budimir, Kramaric

How to watch Spain vs Croatia Live Streaming in India?

Sony Sports Network has the broadcast rights to UEFA Euro 2024 in India and the Indian subcontinent, including Sony Sports Ten 2 SD & HD in English, Sony Sports Ten 3 SD & HD in Hindi, Sony Sports Ten 4 SD & HD in Tamil & Telugu, and Sony Sports Ten 5 SD & HD in Bengali & Malayalam. All UEFA Euro 2024 matches will be live-streamed on the SonyLIV app and website.

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