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Match Preview: Poland vs Croatia

16 June 2008 by

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Leo Beenhakker the Polish coach is hopefull of Poland making the final 8 but this next comment will reveal the truth:

Beenhakker said: “Maybe I can call my old friend Slaven Bilic and ask him to play his mother-in-law as a striker against Poland. But, apart from that, I can’t do much more. All we can do is try to win our game.”

If Poland beat Croatia they will have four points. In the other Group B game, Germany, currently on three points, face Austria needing a win.(visit group B explained)

“We are in the waiting room, and we know that, but we knew that would be the case after the Austria game,” added Beenhakker. “The Germany-Austria match is not in our hands, we only have the result of our own game, so we are focused on that.”

Bilic responded by saying: “Well, I’m divorced. He [Beenhakker] is a great manager. He’s playing games, of course, because they have a good team. They were almost equal to Germany in their opening match. They conceded easy goals but they had enough chances to score. They have a chance and they have a team, so he doesn’t need my mother-in-law.”

Bilic is expected to rest 4 players for the game against Poland saving his squad for the final 8.

Key Clash: Marcin Wasilewski v Ivan Rakitic

Rakitic, Croatia’s latest jewel, showed what a great talent he is against Germany, scheming away brilliantly on the left side of midfield. If right-back Wasilewski doesn’t keep in touch with his centre-halves, his opponent, once again, might have a field day.

More then luck will be needed for Poland but lets hope Austria can upset Germany.

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