Croatia replace Cacic with Dalic ahead of final World Cup qualifier

  • Croatia replace Cacic with Dalic ahead of final World Cup qualifier

Croatia replace Cacic with Dalic ahead of final World Cup qualifier

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric believes that his side still have a chance of securing World Cup qualification despite Friday night's "catastrophic" 1-1 draw at home to Finland.

They've sacked manager Ante Cacic today, just two days before the critical trip to Kiev. We started the qualifying stage with him and we have to continue with him.

Modric did not support Cacic after the game, as Croatia are in danger of losing their playoff spot.

Suker said that Dalic was one of the four candidates whose names were brought up in the conversation about the interim position but added that the decision of the board members was unanimous.

The tie in Rijeka leaves Croatia two points behind Group I leaders Iceland and level on points with Ukraine, but with a better goal difference ahead of their meeting in the final game of the campaign in Kiev.

"What happened? Nothing, we have only just compromised our path to the World Cup", he said. When we scored, it was unbelievable that we would retreat against Finland, of all teams.

Both teams can still win the group only in the unlikely event that Iceland, aiming for their second successive major tournament after reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, slip up at home against Kosovo. "It's incredible who a team like Croacia can have so many difficulties against teams like Kosovo and Finland".

Suker says Croatia still has "a chance to get into the playoffs and to make it to the World Cup" in Russian Federation next year.