After the failure at the European Championship and elimination in the group stage (they finished last in the company of Belgium, Denmark, and Finland), Stanislav Cherchesov, the coach who led Russia for the past five years, was removed from the bench, including 2018 World Cup when Croatia shut down their dreams in the dramatic quarterfinal played in Sochi.
The match with Russia is the first of three in September for Zlatko Dalic’s national team. Three days after this clash, Vatreni will play again in Bratislava, where they will face Slovakia on Saturday, September 4, and three days later, on Tuesday, September 7, Slovenia will arrive in Poljud, Split.
Both teams have achieved 2 wins and 1 loss so far in Group X, and this match could be extremely significant in the fight for 1st place. A victory would be extremely important, but at this moment, a draw would suit both of them after unpleasant defeats against Slovakia and Slovenia, teams lurking from the sidelines.