Luka Modric is the most mentioned player after the Croatia team upstream defeated the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semi-finals on June 15. The Real Madrid midfielder played 119 minutes and scored on the 11-yard mark, setting the score 4-2 for Croatia in the second extra time.
According to Sofa Score statistics, Modric scored one goal, assisted once, created two chances, touched the ball 118 times, passed with 91% accuracy, won a dispute 8 times, passed accurately 7 times and received a high score. on the field (9.1 points) in the last match. These are impressive numbers about Modric, surprising many people because the midfielder is 37 years old.
Dutch media had to praise Modric after the match. “Master midfielder Modric (37 years old) has another high-class performance,” wrote NOS after coach Ronald Koeman’s teachers and students received defeat at home.
“Oldness doesn’t seem to have reached Luka Modric yet. This 37-year-old midfielder and his teammates have submitted to the Dutch team. After completing his performance with a goal in extra time, Modric left the field to the cheers of the fans,” NOS continued.
According to NOS, not only 14,000 Croatian fans in the stands of De Kuip stadium showed their affection for Modric, but also Dutch fans gave a round of applause for the midfielder.
Coach Ronald Koeman said of Modric after the game: “I said congratulations to Modric and praised him for a great game. He deserves a round of applause after being persistent and controlling the ball for almost 120 minutes.”
Rafael van der Vaart, Modric’s former teammate at Tottenham, explained that age did not affect the Croatian midfielder’s performances: “Modric is very professional and only interested in football. Sometimes we do. went to the pub after training at Tottenham and he went to bed.”
The former Dutch midfielder also affirmed that it was Modric who made him play better. “That’s how I see Modric. Because he is really good and an important player. Modric can pass the ball with the outside of his right foot better than with the inside. This is really impressive,” added Rafael van der Vaart.
Although he has won countless titles at club level, Modric has not once lifted the championship in the national team. England and Croatia reached the final of the 2018 World Cup but they could not touch the championship when they lost to France with a score of 2-4.
Five years after that tournament, Luka Modric is now on the verge of winning the UEFA Nations League with Croatia. He and his teammates will play the final match with the winner of the semi-final between Spain and Italy at dawn on June 19 (Vietnam time) at De Kuip Stadium.
After reaching the final, Modric shared emotionally: “The love of football drives me forward. That is my main strength and motivation. For now, my age is not the subject. The most important thing is the final next Sunday. We need to prepare well to play another top game.”
Nguyen Son | 11:19 06/16/2023