Very well played today by the boys...they played to the game plan to perfection, and the Greeks couldn't do anything.
Too bad Perisic's rocket wasn't a mm to the left, what a goal that would have been.
As for the guys, a few thoughts:
Suba-didn't have to do anything apart from a late save in traffic where he held onto the ball, was a nice save. He was sure and composed today. Though anytime we pass it back to him, I wonder if he'll f it up.
Vrsaljko-excellent game at the back. He made some nice tackles, was composed.
Strinic-what can I say, he's the best we have the left back.\ unfortunately. I wish for a Jarni back there but we just can't seem to produce anyone quality there and we have to make do. He did okay though it seemed it was the Greek game plan to try and go down his side. He did what he had to do.
Vida-rock solid as usual. Him and Modric were/are our most consistent players all campaign. Again, well played, no worries with him at the back, read the game well, and won his aerial duels.
Lovren-another great game from the big man. I know he is going through some tough times personally and at Liverpool, but for us, he delivered. Was excellent today. Won literally every aerial challenge and also on the ground. When he plays like this with Vida, we are a tough nut to crack.
Perisic-made some nice runs, helped on the defensive end, and almost scored a rocket.
Mandzo-warrior, and did what he needed to do to help us win. Made a great tackle that was called a foul. Only complaint was what were him and Modric doing on that one free kick that they ended up wasting. Just get in the box Mandzo, and do your thing.
Rakitic-great game again today. Was great in the air. Sprayed the ball around the park, defended well. Too bad he shanked that one free kick at the top of the box, but other than that, was excellent.
Luka-was Luka. Noting more to say. He got us to the WC. Simply the best midfielder in the world. End of discussion. We are so lucky to have him.
Kalinic-really impressed with his ability to control the ball in tight spaces, created some free kicks for us. Nicely played by him.
What more to say, we did it the hard way again via the playoffs. We have too much talent to have to do it this way, but I'll take it.
Off to Russia we go.