Mexico vs Croatia – Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas – United States
After beating Iceland convincingly, 3-0 on Friday Mexico will now head to Arlington, Texas to face Croatia in their second test of this international friendly break. Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osoria will have taken plenty of positives from the fixture against Iceland.
Dominating the match in front of 68,917 spectators at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Mexico showed that they are already in World Cup form. Iceland was supposed to tactically simulate Sweden, who Mexico face during the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Scandinavians never looked to threaten El Tri during the match.
Up next will be Croatia. On paper, the Balkan nation was supposed to represent the sort stern test Mexico will face when they square off against Germany at the World Cup. But Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić made headlines by opting to send home Luka Modrić, Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, Marcelo Božović, Danijel Subašić and Nikola Kalinić following Croatia’s 2-0 defeat to Peru last week.
As a result, Mexico will now face a weakened Croatia side, which was lamented by Osorio, who expected a far more difficult test for his side. But at the same time, this Croatia side should not be underestimated. The expected lineup still includes the likes of Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebić (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona).
Hence, while this might be a depleted lineup the squad players are all fighting for a spot in Croatia’s World Cup squad and El Tri can, therefore, look forward to an exciting test against a tough opponent.
Mexico vs Croatia – Players to Watch
Hirving Lozano #8 – Mexico (PSV)
Brought on in the second half against Iceland Hirving Lozano once again highlighted why he might be the hottest prospect in the Dutch Eredivisie at the moment. Making several threatening runs, Lozano terrorised Iceland’s backline. Given his recent performances, the World Cup could be his stage for a breakout performance that could lead to a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Ante Rebić #18 – Croatia (Eintracht Frankfurt)
With several key players missing Ante Rebić could start for Mexico on Tuesday night. The Eintracht Frankfurt has been in good form for his club this season scoring six goals and three assists for the Eagles as a wing player. Rebić is one of the players, who have blossomed under Eintracht head coach Niko Kovac as Frankfurt are currently in fourth place in the Bundesliga.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Mexico vs Croatia – 2-1
Mexico vs Croatia – Match Stats
- Mexico and Croatia have faced each other on four occasions with Mexico winning two and Croatia winning two.
- The four previous matches included two competitive matches with Mexico winning both the group stage match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup (1-0) and the group stage match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (3-1).
- The two teams faced each other last May 28, 2017 with Croatia winning the game 2-1.
Mexico vs Croatia – Possible Lineups
Ochoa – Moreno, Araujo, Salcedo – Lozano, Guardado, Herrera, Vela – Fabian – Chicharito, Peralta
Manager: Juan Carlos Osorio
Livaković – Pivarić, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko – Rakitić, Badelj, Kovačić – Pjaca, Kramarić, Rebić
Manager: Zlatko Dalić
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