ZAGREB - Croatian newspapers yesterday trembled with anticipation but were concerned in equal measure ahead of the crucial Euro Group A match against Germany tonight.
Daily 24sata asked: "Has [coach] Slaven Bilic found the formula?"
Croatia defeated co-hosts Austria 1-0 in their opener on Sunday, but failed to raise the spirits at home with what local commentators described as a "tame" performance.
Former Croatia coach Miroslav Blazevic, who led the nation to third place at the 1998 World Cup in France, said Germans play "like a machine, even if without a genius in the team.
"I'm worried, very worried ... we must extract a point from the match, because a point secures passage to the next round," Blazevic said.
Germany defeated Poland 2-0 in their first match.
Coach Josef Hickersberger has told Austria to throw caution to the wind against Poland in a Group B game today that will leave the losers perilously close to a Euro 2008 exit.
l The matches will be live on SuperSport channels. - Sapa-DPA