SPLIT, 9 October 2019 – Poljud Stadium in Split is now completely sold out for tomorrow night’s EURO 2020 qualifier between Croatia and Hungary.
An additional contingent of more than 500 tickets were made available to the public on Tuesday but those have all been snapped up. There has been huge interest in the match which sees the national team return to the stadium after a long absence.
Croatia last played at Poljud stadium against Italy on 12 June 2015 in a EURO 2016 qualifier. The match was played behind closed doors after a swastika pattern was visible on the pitch against Norway in a qualifier at the stadium in March of that year.
Poljud Stadium initially sold out in 24 hours when tickets were released last month, but yesterday an extra contingent of tickets, which had been returned by UEFA and the Hungarian Football Federation, were released to the public for sale.
Croatia has been training in Omiš this week and whilst coach Zlatko Dalić will not reveal the starting line-up until an hour before the match. The dilemma for Dalić will be in the midfield. An in-form Nikola Vlašić has made a strong case to start in his hometown and is putting pressure on Ivan Rakitic, who has not had much game time with Barcelona so far this season. Ante Rebić and Josip Brekalo could also be vying for a spot.
Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren will start at centre-back with Tin Jedvaj and Rangers defender Bruno Barišić likely to start on either side of them.
Dalić said on Tuesday that with two games in three days (Croatia faces Wales away on Sunday), he needs to be careful how he uses the players.
Croatia takes on Hungary at Poljud Stadium on Thursday, 10 October (20:45).