MX23RW : Sunday, August 19 19:06:08
Jun 3, 2018 at 3pm UK
Brazil
2-0
Croatia
Neymar (69'), Firmino (90')
Fernandinho (40')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Kramaric (13'), Perisic (38'), Rakitic (78')

Zlatko Dalic looking to learn from Brazil defeat

Dalic looking to learn from Brazil defeat
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Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic urges his side to learn from their 2-0 defeat to Brazil in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has urged his side to learn from their friendly defeat at the hands of Brazil this afternoon.

Croatia were the better team for much of the first half at Anfield, but the five-time world champions were able to bring Neymar and Roberto Firmino off the bench and both players scored in a 2-0 victory on Merseyside.

Dalic claimed that lapses in concentration were the reason behind his side's defeat, and warned that a repeat at this summer's World Cup could be enough to knock them out of the competition.

"We need to be stable and draw lessons from the match. We controlled the match at some moments but in others the players were tired and their concentration dropped," Dalic told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"There is no negativity but only positivity. If concentration falls in key moments they are situations teams like Brazil immediately exploit."

Croatia, who have been drawn alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland at this summer's World Cup, will face Senegal in their final warm-up game on Friday.

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Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar in action during the World Cup warm-up match against Croatia at Anfield on June 3, 2018
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