Croatia lost the League of Nations Group A3 second-round match against world champion France in Paris with 4: 2. Croatia once again conceded four goals following the match against Portugal (1:4).
With a goal by Lovren, Croatia took the lead, France equalized through Griezmann and then took the lead through Martial. For France, they went on the halftime with those 2:1.
In the second half, Josip Brekalo equalized and Upamecano scored 3:2 after a corner and the Croatian defense made a big mistake. Olivier Giroud has scored for the final 4:2 after playing with Marcel Brozović ‘s hand.
Croatia played much better than in Portugal when they lost 4:1, Zlatko Dalic’s players were better in a large part of the match but France showed class and punished their opponent’s mistakes.
In four days, the world runner-up has conceded as many as eight goals in two games.
Four goals in Domagoj Livaković ‘s net sounds very ugly, especially if it is known that on Saturday against Portugal the Dinamo goalkeeper received the same amount but this time the impression was completely different.
Colorful with Melnjak and debutant Uremović on their flanks, the strange Croatian team offered excellent resistance to the world champions. Croatia did not fear a powerful rival, it set itself up bravely, decisively, and aggressively from the very beginning, but that was not enough.
The winner of this match was determined by the individual French class and by several incomprehensible and naive errors made by Croatia.
Croatia opened the match differently than Porto. In the 43rd minute of the first half, aggressive, concentrated, and scattered Croatia fully outplayed the world champions but then conceded two cheap goals at the very end.