It looks like the winner of World Cup qualifying Group A will be decided when Croatia play current joint leaders Belgium at home and Croatia coach Igor Stimac is lobbying for the match to be played in Split.
With 95% of Croatia’s home matches in recent years being played at Maksimir stadium in Croatia’s capital Zagreb, Stimac is appealing to bosses at the Croatian football federation for the match to be played in his home town of Split at Poljud stadium, which is renowned for its cauldron like atmosphere.
“The match with Belgium will be the key match to decide this group, and I want it to be played in Split in front of the euphoric Split public at Poljud stadium. I will appeal to President Suker and Hajduk that they work together to meet requirements,” said Stimac.
Stimac also told daily paper Jutarnji list that he will call up French-born Croat Gregory Sertic (23), who plays for Bordeaux, for Croatia’s next qualifying fixture against Scotland.