Croatia slips and Russia snatches the lead

Everything indicates that we will have to wait for the last day to know which combination is left with the direct ticket to Qatar World Cup 2022 to be distributed in group H, but what happened this Monday leaves Russia in a beneficial position to do so to the detriment of Croatia. Both teams came to this 8th (of 10) matches tied on points (16), but while Russia did his homework by winning 1-2 in Slovenia, Croatia was not able to get past the draw at home (and thank you) in front of Slovakia (2-2).

Those of Zlatko Dalic, with Luka modric starter and completing the match, they were surprised by a Slovakia that even got to have advantage in the marker in two occasions. The visitor himself opened Schranz, at 20 ‘, and found the replica of Kramaric five minutes later. But just before the break Haraslin made the 1-2 and although in the second half Croatia He was notoriously superior in terms of the game, he only managed a little, Modric from a direct free kick in the 71st minute, to save an insufficient draw that was not enough to maintain the lead. In 85 ‘he scored Vlasic a 3-2 that at times unleashed madness in the stands of the Gradski Stadion in Podgorica, but the goal was disallowed and it was 2-2.

As to Russia, the pupils of Karpin they did not have a good time in front of Slovenia, but they were successful enough against the rival frame to take the 3 points. Mainly from 28 ‘to 32’, when Diveev and Dzhikiya they surpassed Oblak doubly making the posterior both of Ilicic, still in the first half was sterile in the final 1-2.

The combination of results between the triumph of Russia and the tie of Croatia leaves both with 19 and 17 points respectively to be first and second in the group with two rounds to go. In the next Russia receive Cyprus and Croatia visit malt both being clear favorites to win, and in the last one, on November 14, there will be a Croatia-Russia in which everything promises to be decided.