Israel-Croatia Match Preview: Three Croatia Players to Watch

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Israel-Croatia Match Preview: Three Croatia Players to Watch

On October 9th, 2010, Croatia is going to have one of the hardest tasks in this qualifying group F for the European Championship in 2012, which will be held in Poland and Ukraine.

Croatia is going to Israel, and it is expected that this match will definitely be a hard match.

Croatia has already faced Israel before.They were together in qualifying group E for Euro 2008. The first match was played in Israel, and it was a very exciting match, as the Croats beat Israel in a high-scoring match, 4-3. Eduardo was the player of the match as he scored a hat trick.

The rematch was played in Zagreb, and Croatia beat Israel again; this time it was 1-0. Eduardo scored again.

This time things are very different for Croatia. Great players like Dario Simic and former captain Niko Kovac both retired from football, while current captain Darijo Srna won't be able to play because of yellow cards. Also, Mladen Petric and Nikica Jelavic suffered serious injuries and are not available for coach Slaven Bilic.

Many people see Croatia as a clear favorite against Israel, but Bilic, the coach of Croatia, said that he would be really happy with only one point because this is a really hard match.

After a little disappointment against Greece in last match, where Croatia couldn't beat poor Greece, now they have to win these three important points.

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