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Croatia has selected the host cities for its first two home UEFA Nations League matches.

Croatia will face Portugal, Poland and Scotland in Group A1 in the fourth edition of the UEFA Nations League and on Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the Croatian Football Federation selected the host cities for the first two home matches.

It has been decided that Croatia will face Poland on September 8 at Opus Arena in Osijek, before facing Scotland on October 12 in Zagreb at Maksimir Stadium. Venues for the remaining matches will be decided at a later date.

Croatia’s UEFA Nations League schedule: 

1st round: Thursday, September 5 (20:45)

Portugal – Croatia

Scotland – Poland

2nd round: Sunday, September 8 (20:45)

Croatia – Poland – Opus Arena (Osijek)

Portugal – Scotland

3rd round: Saturday, October 12

Croatia – Scotland (18:00) – Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb 

Poland – Portugal (20:45)

4th round: Tuesday, October 15 (20:45)

Poland – Croatia

Scotland – Portugal

5th round: Friday, November 15 (20:45)

Portugal – Poland

Scotland – Croatia

6th round: Monday, November 18 (20:45)

Croatia – Portugal

Poland – Scotland

“We are facing another big competition again, the UEFA Nations League final is behind us, and ahead of us is a new challenge. I think the group with Portugal, Poland, and Scotland isn’t bad; we’re meeting Portugal for the second time in the Nations League. It will be a very good competition for us, we will enjoy football, and our goal will be to qualify for one of the top two spots in the group and advance to the quarterfinals. The Nations League has been a sore point for us in the first two instances, but the third time we made it to the final and we will try to repeat that,” said coach Zlatko Dalić after the draw.

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