Croatia v Spain: Match Preview

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Croatia v Spain
Euro 2012
Arena Gdansk
Monday June 18, 19:45

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Croatia will be able to call upon leading striker Mario Mandzukic after the joint-leading scorer at Euro 2012 was substituted in the 1-1 draw with Italy having picked up a knock last week.

Sergio Busquets was initially believed to be an injury doubt for Spain going into their crucial game against Croatia, however the Barcelona man should feature having shaken off an ankle knock.

Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas both have two goals apiece in Euro 2012 thus far, but it is the Chelsea forward who is expected to be given the nod to start this evening.

Mata wary of Modric threat

Juan Mata has warned against complacency when Spain go up against Croatia in their final Euro 2012 group C fixture this evening - and insists they will keep a close eye on dangerous midfielder Luka Modric.

Both teams go into the game tied at the top of Group C on four points, with Italy also gunning for a quarter final spot in their final group game against the Republic of Ireland, who are out of the running having lost their two opening fixtures.

A 2-2 draw between Spain and Croatia would ensure both sides progress at Italy’s expense, but Mata says he and his team-mates are concentrating on winning the game outright, something he believes can only be achieved if they keep a close eye on Modric.

"Croatia are playing very well," Mata told Marca TV. "They have very good players that I know from the Premier League.

"Luka Modric is dangerous and we will have to keep a close eye on him."

He added: "We are going for the win," Mata insisted. "That is what we always do.

"We are in good form and looking forward to this game. We know the fans are enthusiastic and they expect another win."

Mata, who has yet to make an appearance at Euro 2012, is expected to take his place on the bench once more this evening.

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