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Rijeka to Host Croatia v England UEFA Nations League Clash

Luka Modric (HNS)

The Croatian football federation has decided that Rijeka’s Rujevica stadium will be the venue for Croatia’s UEFA Nations League clash against England this autumn.

Croatia will play England at Rujevica in Rijeka on 12 October 2018. The match will be played behind closed doors as Croatia is still to serve one match of a 2-match home fans ban which UEFA imposed after a swastika was marked on the pitch at Poljud stadium before the Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

Rujevica stadium, Rijeka

Croatia served the first game of the ban against Bulgaria in October 2015 but they have not played any UEFA-sanctioned home games since then.

Fans in Rijeka will have the chance to see the national team play three days later though when Croatia takes on Jordan for the first time on 15 October 2018 in a friendly at Rujevica.

Croatia’s post-World Cup fixtures (HNS)

Croatia has been drawn in the League A group with Spain and England in the inaugural UEFA Nations League which was introduced to replace international friendlies.

Teams in League A have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners.

UEFA Nations League – Croatia’s schedule (home team first)
11 September: Spain – Croatia (20:45)
12 October: Croatia – England (20:45) – Rijeka
15 November: Croatia – Spain (20:45)
18 November: England – Croatia (15:00)

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