Spain will take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League Final on Sunday night, and they will feel as if they are playing at Poljud or Maksimir stadium and not at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam.
The Croatian team is in great form and their passionate fans are again expected to play a crucial role in the match.
There were over Croatian 20,000 fans, who sung all night and created a special atmosphere at the semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday night, undoubtedly contributing to Croatia’s 4-2 victory.
Now, as Croatia prepares to face Spain in the final, the number of Croatian fans in attendance is expected to considerably rise.
UEFA released an extra contingent of tickets online for fans on Friday which sold out in under five minutes. On Saturday more tickets were made available for Croatian fans and those will be quickly snapped up.
Over 30,000 Croatian fans are expected to be inside the De Kuip stadium on Sunday and it will feel like a home match for the Croatian team.
UEFA released an extra contingent of tickets online for Croatian fans on Friday which sold out in under five minutes. On Saturday more tickets will be made available for Croatian fans and those will be quickly snapped up.
Croatian fans from all over Croatia and the diaspora will descend on Rotterdam centre from early morning on Sunday when the singing will start, just like before the semi-final when red and white checkers flooded the centre.
Croatia captain Luka Modrić expressed his gratitude towards the fans after the semi-final win: “Before the game, when we went out to inspect the pitch, we couldn’t believe how many of our fans there were, and they were phenomenal during the game. They support us always and everywhere; they are a great strength for us, and we felt like at home. Thank you for that, and I hope that we’ll be equal on Sunday.” Modric’s words reflect the team’s reliance on the immense backing they receive from their passionate supporters.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić also acknowledged the impact of the fans, saying, “Thanks to the 20,000 Croats who supported and cheered for us. One of the greatest matches in the history of the Croatian national team. They deserve praise.” The coach’s appreciation for the fans demonstrates the vital role they play in motivating and inspiring the players.
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When it comes to head-to-head encounters, Croatia has faced Spain nine times in the past. Out of these matches, Croatia has won three, lost five, and drawn one. However, Spain emerged victorious in their last encounter during Euro 2020, with a 5-3 win in the Round of 16.
Croatia’s most recent triumph over Spain was in the UEFA Nations League in 2018, when they secured a 3-2 victory.
Luka Modric is expected to again be a key player for Croatia in the final, just as he was in his outstanding man-of-the-match performance against the Netherlands. His leadership, experience and quality will be instrumental in guiding Croatia to success.
This final presents a historic opportunity for Croatia to secure their first-ever major trophy. If they emerge victorious, celebrations will ensue in Zagreb on Monday, with a parade planned on Ban Jelačić square.