All about the key match at the World Cup!
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Serbia against Croatia is playing for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup. In the pool in Doha, the quarter-final fight between two big rivals will start from 5 pm. At the previous competition in Fukuoka, the Serbian team was fourth, while the Croatian team finished ninth.
Uroš Stevanović’s team went directly to the quarter-finals after three victories in the group stage, thus securing the visa for the Olympic Games in Paris. Croats had to play one more match, since they were second in the group, but in the round of 16 they outclassed China (22:4).
“Croatia changed their team a little compared to the European Championship in Zagreb. There is no injured Bukić, there is the experienced center Krapić. Popadić is no longer in goal as a reserve, Anić got the chance. Everything else is the same. You know what the stakes are in the quarterfinals, the first final meeting in every championship“, said Stefan Ćirić, the first assistant to coach Stevanović.
Everything is ready for a new spectacle. The winner of this match in Doha will play in the semi-finals with the better team from the match between Hungary and France, it is clear that the Hungarians are big favorites in that match. In the second part of the draw, the pairs are Spain – Montenegro and Greece – Italy.
WHERE IS THE TRANSMISSION?
The broadcast of the match is on Arena Sport 1, as well as on RTS 1. To repeat, the match starts at 5 p.m.
WHAT DO THE SERBIAN TEAM SAY?
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Stefan Ćirić, the assistant coach of Stevanović, knows where the dangers for the “dolphins” are coming from.
“Not only the centers are important, don’t forget Bijač, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the outside line is strong, Fatović is always dangerous on the counter, there is a dangerous shooter Kragić, not to mention more. I repeat, an excellent team. The most important thing for us is to fulfill our plan, to play as we know how. Perhaps the admonition is America’s weaker beginning that should not happen now. We must not score goals from counterattacks, to allow them to score easily. We need to stick to the positional game and look for our chance there,” said Ćirić.
The return of Đorđe Vučinić to the team is certainly a big plus for the Serbian team.
“What can I say about Croatia that is not known? A team of top individuals who know each other very well. Every line is strong, goalkeeper Bijač, strong centers, great shooters. The most important thing is defense, joint sacrifice at every moment. There is no doubt that we have a difficult game ahead of us, but we will definitely do everything to win and go to the semi-finals,” Vučinić is clear.
ALWAYS UNCERTAIN WITH CROATIA
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Matches between Serbia and Croatia generally have one thing in common – they are all uncertain. In duels at the World Championships, the Croats are more successful and lead with 3:2 in head-to-head matches, as well as at the Olympic Games (2:1), while Serbia is better at the European Championships (3:1).
However, it should also be noted that Serbia won every match that was played for gold, certainly the most valuable were those at the World Championship in Kazan (11:4) and at the Games in Rio de Janeiro (11:7).