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Ageless Modric Leads Croatia in Euro 2020 Battle Against Youthful Spain

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In a remarkable display of longevity, Lamine Yamal, the Croatia captain, joined the ranks of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lothar Matthaus by playing in his ninth major tournament, setting records as the oldest player at the European Championships at almost 39 years old.

Amidst a day of record-breaking performances, Fabian Ruiz, a young talent at 22 years old, shone brightly against the experienced Croatian side led by the ageless Luka Modric.

The central-midfield trio of Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, and Mateo Kovacic, boasting a combined 375 caps, struggled to keep up with a youthful Spanish side, raising concerns about the team’s ability to press and maintain aggression.

Manager Zlatko Dalic’s decision to substitute Modric and Kovacic early in the game highlighted the challenges of managing aging legs and hinted at the end of an era for the Croatian team.

As Croatia faced a disappointing defeat against Spain, questions arose about the future of the team and the potential decline of their legendary players like Modric and Kovacic.

While Modric’s longevity and impact on the field have been remarkable, Croatia lacks suitable replacements for their aging stars, with concerns about the team’s ability to transition to a new generation of players.

Despite Spain’s uncharacteristically low possession in the match, Croatia failed to capitalize on their opportunities, signaling a potential shift in power dynamics within the group.

Dalic’s Croatia now finds themselves in unfamiliar territory, trailing in the group standings and facing uncertainties about the team’s future performance in the tournament.

Rachel Adams

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