Croatia and England played out a rather frustrating 0-0 draw at the Stadion HNK Rijeka on Friday night. Both teams created very less in terms of goalscoring opportunities but the hosts could consider themselves lucky to come up with a point after Marcus Rashford fluffed his lines of a couple of occasions for The Three Lions.
Two things we learned:
Marcus Rashford guilty of squandering goalscoring chances: Marcus Rashford was found guilty of missing a couple of chances which cost England in the 2-1 defeat to Spain last month. The same issue rose once more against Croatia on Friday night where he should have converted the first opportunity where he had the goal at his mercy. The second one needed him to curl his effort past goalkeeper Dominik Livaković but he should have done so at this level of the game. With such poor finishing, it remains to be seen whether Rashford will continue to command a regular starting position under Gareth Southgate.
Croatia with mini-redemption after Spain mauling: Zlatko Dalic’s side had come into the game on the back of a historic 6-0 defeat at the hands of Spain and based on that, any neutral will have been expecting them to ship goals against the Three Lions. However, for most part of the game, the Croatian backline stood firm with a number of vital interceptions but they did have their share of luck with Rashford’s failed attempts and both Harry Kane and Eric Dier finding the woodwork rather than the goal. The goalless stalemate was their first against England since 1996 where the inaugural friendly was contested between the nations.
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