Eduardo's injury was enough for Croatian soccer officials to tell Jutarnji List that the team's chances of winning Euro 2008 are effectively over. "When I heard what had happened I started to cry," said Vlatko Markovic, the president of the Croatian Football Federation. "It is a huge blow for Croatian football. It's a curse. We haven't anybody who can cover for his absence - that is a fact. The only sure thing is that [the national coach Slaven] Bilic will have to change our play and find a new answer. With Dudu [Eduardo's nickname] and without Dudu is not the same. All our play depended on Dudu."
Bilic will now have to change the team's tactics. Eduardo's replacements are likely to be Mladen Petric and Ivica Olic, who between them have scored 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season.