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Good afternoon and welcome to dwell protection of the third match from Euro 2024, and the primary from Group B, between Spain, who go to Berlin’s Olympiastadion as winners of their qualification group, and Croatia who certified as runners-up to Turkey, to whom they surprisingly misplaced at residence in addition to a shock defeat by Armenia.

Croatia’s pedigree at World Cups – third in 1998, second in 2018, third in 2022 – just isn’t matched on the Euros since their dramatic debut as a nation in 1996 after they made the quarter-finals. In the final two continental tournaments they’ve been knocked out within the Round of 16 and go once more with the core of veterans – the retirements of Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic however – who drove them to date in Russia and Qatar. Luka Modric at 38, Ivan Perisic and Domago Vida at 35, Andrej Kamaric 32, Marcelo Brozovic, 31, and Mateo Kovacic at 30 proceed to be mainstays, both with a century of caps or on the verge of changing into centurions.

Spain, against this, have a stellar Euros document – winners in 1964, 2008 and 2012 – and have, not less than, superficially been on a rejuvenation journey beneath Luis de la Fuente who stepped as much as the highest job in succession to Luis Enrique after 5 years as U19 supervisor and 4 with the U21s. Calling up the fantastic 16-year-old Barcelona winger, Lamine Yamal, who’s going to begin right now, and giving key roles to the 21-year-olds Pedri and Nico Williams and beforehand Gavi, who’s out with an ACL damage, takes the headlines.

But he has additionally given a brand new lease of life to Jesus Navas, 38, Nacho and Joselu, 34, and Dani Carvajal, 31. Making Alvaro Morata, a mouse at Chelsea and Real Madrid, a lion at Juve and Atlético, captain has been a masterstroke and he led them to victory within the Nations League final yr… beating Croatia within the last however no’ however simply because the Tykes say, on penalties after 120 minutes of stalemate at De Kuip. I think will probably be simply as tight right now.