Croatia needed to beat Greece within the playoffs to qualify, however did so simply with a Four-1 win within the first leg.
Croatia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group Information
Croatia vs Russia – Quarter Ultimate seventh July, Sochi
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Beginning XI: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic, Mandzukic
Croatia vs Denmark Spherical of 16 (1st July) Match Report
Croatia Beginning XI: 23 Danijel Subasic, 2 Sime Vrsaljko, Three Ivan Strinic (22 Josip Pivaric 81), Four Ivan Perisic (9 Andrej Kramaric 97), 6 Dejan Lovren, 7 Ivan Rakitic, 10 Luka Modric, 11 Marcelo Brozovic (eight Mateo Kovacic 71), 17 Mario Mandzukic (19 Milan Badelj 108), 18 Ante Rebic, 21 Domagoj Vida
Denmark Beginning XI: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, Four Simon Kjaer, 5 Jonas Knudsen, 6 Andreas Christensen (19 Lasse Schone 46), eight Thomas Delaney (2 Michael Krohn-Dehli 98), 10 Christian Eriksen, 11 Martin Braithwaite (23 Pione Sisto 105), 13 Mathias Jorgensen, 14 Henrik Dalsgaard, 20 Youssef Poulsen, 21 Andreas Cornelius (9 Nicolai Jorgensen 66)
Croatia 1 Denmark 1
Croatia Three-2 on pens
Croatia: Mandzukic Four
Denmark: M Jorgensen 1
Croatia held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to beat Denmark and arrange a quarter-final assembly with hosts Russia.
Two early objectives – Denmark’s after simply 57 seconds – prompt a goalfest could be on the playing cards. However two evenly matched groups cancelled one another out for big chunks of the sport.
A half-time change gave Denmark the sting in midfield however Croatia got here again into issues and Luka Modric’s rising affect nearly informed in further time. With 5 minutes remaining, Croatia’s captain performed in Andrej Kramaric, who was fouled by Mathias Jorgensen for a penalty which Modric took however which Kasper Schmeichel saved. Schmeichel additionally stopped two of Croatia’s spot-kicks within the shoot-out however Croatia’s Danijel Subasic proved to be the hero, saving three of Denmark’s 5 kicks, leaving Ivan Rakitic to dispatch the essential penalty.
A curious recreation for Luke Modric. For a lot of the match he was deployed very deep and was unable to regulate the midfield. He missed a penalty that may have received the sport in further time however held his nerve within the shoot-out to assist ship Croatia into the quarter-finals.
Possession (%): 53/47
Aim makes an attempt: 22/15
Makes an attempt on course: eight/10
Move accuracy (%):81/79
Distance lined (km): 132/135
Croatia vs Iceland – 26th June Match Report
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Croatia Beginning XI: 12 Lovre Kalinic, Four Ivan Perisic, 5 Vedran Corluka, eight Mateo Kovacic (7 Ivan Rakitic 82), 9 Andrej Kramaric, 10 Luka Modric (14 Filip Bradaric 65), 13 Tin Jedvaj, 15 Duje Caleta-Automobile, 19 Milan Badelj, 20 Marko Pjaca (6 Dejan Lovren 70), 22 Josip Pivaric
Iceland Beginning XI: 1 Hannes Halldorsson, 2 Birkir Saevarsson, 5 Sverir Ingason, 6 Ragnar Sigurdsson (9 Bjorn Sigurdarson 71), 7 Johan Gudmundsson, eight Birkir Bjarnason (21 Amor Traustason 90), 10 Gylfi Sigurdsson, 11 Alfred Finnbogason (Four Albert Gudmundsson 85), 17 Aron Gunnarsson, 18 Hordor Magnusson, 20 Emil Hallfredsson
Iceland 1 Croatia 2
Iceland: G Sigurdsson 76pen
Croatia: Badelj 53, Perisic 90
Ivan Perisic scored a last-minute winner for a much-changed Croatia facet who topped their group and received three World Cup video games in a row for the primary time.
After a cautious begin, Iceland grew in confidence and went shut by Albert Finnbogason, Birkir Bjarnason and Aron Gunnarsson within the first half.
Croatia struggled to seek out their stride however they ultimately made essentially the most of better second-half possession and took the lead by Milan Badelj, in for rested Ivan Rakitic.
Gylfi Sigurdsson made amends for his penalty miss in opposition to Nigeria by dispatching the spot-kick that introduced Iceland again into recreation. However as Iceland pushed for a late objective that may preserve them within the event, area opened up for Perisic to seize the last-gasp winner.
Matter of truth
Iceland’s three second-half yellow playing cards have been their first of the event
Solely Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic retained their beginning locations for the ultimate group recreation after coach Zlatko Dalic made wholesale modifications.
Possession (%): 41/59
Aim makes an attempt: 17/13
Makes an attempt on course: eight/eight
Move accuracy (%): 73/87
Distance lined (km): 103/101
Croatia vs Argentina (21st June) Match Report
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Argentina Beginning XI: 23 Willy Caballero, 2 Gabriel Mercado, Three Nicolas Tagliafico, eight Marcos Acuna, 10 Lionel Messi, 13 Maximiliano Meza, 14 Javier Mascherano, 15 Enzo Perez (21 Paulo Dybala 68), 17 Nicolas Otamendi, 18 Eduardo Salvio (22 Cristian Pavon 56), 19 Sergio Aguero (9 Gonzalo Higuain 55)
Croatia Beginning XI: 23 Danijel Subasic, 2 Sime Vrsaljko, Three Ivan Strinic, Four Ivan Perisic (eight Mateo Kovacic 82), 6 Dejan Lovren, 7 Ivan Rakitic, 10 Luka Modric, 11 Marcelo Brozovic, 17 Mario Mandzukic (Vedran Corluka 90+Three), 18 Ante Rebic (9 Andrej Kramaric 57), 21 Domagoj Vida
Argentina Zero Croatia Three
Croatia: Rebic 53, Modric 80, Rakitic 90+1
Croatia swept apart a depressing Argentina to qualify for the second spherical and depart the South Individuals with a mountain to climb after a disastrous error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero modified the course of the sport.
It was a wretched, disjointed efficiency from Argentina, whose beginning line-up had been shaken up by coach Jorge Sampaoli’s tactical and personnel modifications. His crew have been unsure on the swap to a again three and went to items after Caballero’s calamitous mistake.
Sergio Aguero was controversially changed as Sampaoli threw on further attackers in Gonzalo Higuain, Cristian Pavon and Paulo Dybala in a determined seek for an equaliser. With Lionel Messi more and more unable to affect the sport, Croatia exploited the massive gaps left in midfield to additional prolong their lead and depart Argentina at risk of crashing out of the event.
Matter of truth
The end result was Argentina’s worse lead to a World Cup group recreation since 1958.
It was a horrible mistake by Willy Caballero that gifted Ante Rebic the prospect to attain the opening objective however the Croatia ahead was fortunate to nonetheless be on the pitch after he stamped on Gabriel Mercado within the first half of a tetchy recreation. His yellow card was confirmed by VAR however he might simply have been despatched off.
Possession (%): 58/42
Aim makes an attempt: 10/15
Makes an attempt on course: Three/6
Move accuracy (%): 79/74
Distance lined (km): 101/104
Croatia vs Nigeria (16th June) Match Report
The final recreation of the day sees Croatia face Nigeria – Match preview right here.
Croatia Beginning XI: 23 Danijel Subasic, 2 Sime Vrsaljko, Three Ivan Strinic, Four Ivan Perisic, 6 Dejan Lovren, 7 Ivan Rakitic, 9 Andrej Kramaric (11 Marcelo Brozovic 60), 10 Luka Modric, 17 Mario Mandzukic (20 Marko Pjaca), 18 Ante Rebic (eight Mateo Kovacic 78), 21 Domagoj Vida
Nigeria Beginning XI: 23 Francis Uzuho, 2 Brian Idowu, Four Wilfred Ndidi, 5 William Troost -Ekong,6 Leon Balogun, eight Oghenekaro Etebo, 9 Odion Ighalo (14 Kelechi Iheanacho 76), 10 Jon Obi Mikel (13 Simeon Nwankwo 88), 11 Victor Moses, 12 Shehu Abdullahi, 18 Alex Iwobi (7 Ahmed Musa 62)
Croatia 2 Nigeria Zero
Croatia: Etebo 32og, Modric 71pen
Croatia took benefit of a fortunate break to edge previous a Nigeria facet who didn’t rise to the event of their opening match. The Europeans took the lead after half an hour when a nook was deflected in by Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo. Neither facet supplied a lot within the attacking third however Croatia prolonged their lead with a Luka Modric penalty after Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong was noticed pulling again Mario Mandzukic.
Modric’s penalty within the 72nd minute was Croatia’s first shot on course in an underwhelming match. Their first shot on course from open play got here from Kovacic within the 93rd minute.
Possession (%): 54/46
Aim makes an attempt: 11/14
Makes an attempt on course: 7/5
Move accuracy (%): 84/84
Distance lined (km): 104/101
Croatia World Cup Information
After reaching the 1998 and 2014 finals through the play-offs, Croatia once more needed to guide their ticket to the 2018 World Cup on the eleventh hour – though they have been by no means in any hazard of coming unstuck in opposition to Greece. A totally inconsistent route march all in all: one second, chic, the following, downright careless.
Key Moments In Qualifying
Marcelo Brozovic scores each objectives in a 2-Zero win in opposition to Iceland. The sport was one among two Croatia qualifiers performed behind closed doorways as punishment for “discriminatory chants” by supporters.
A 1-Zero loss in Iceland is the second the wheels begin to come off. From starting to finish, a flat and ineffective show wherein they conceded within the 90th minute.
After a draw at house to Finland, coach Ante Cacic is changed with former under-21 assistant Zlatko Dalic. In his first recreation on the helm, Dalic steers the facet to a 2-Zero win in Ukraine to safe a play-off berth.
Specialists in head-to-head eliminators – Croatia boast a 5 out of 5 document in World Cup and Euro play-offs – they’re too sizzling for Greece to deal with, profitable Four-1 on combination.
Croatia World Cup Group
Croatia are in a tricky group alongside, Argentina, Iceland, and Nigeria.
Croatia World Cup Friendlies
On the 24th of March they went up in opposition to Peru and misplaced 2-Zero. A 1-Zero win in opposition to Mexico adopted however they then misplaced to Brazil 2-Zero. Lastly on the eighth of June beat Senegal.
- 24th March – Peru (misplaced 2-Zero)
- 28th March – Mexico (received 1-Zero)
- third June – Brazil (misplaced 2-Zero)
- eighth June – Senegal (received 2-1)
Croatia World Cup Fixtures
Croatia kick off their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Nigeria on the 16th of June. Then their hardest opponents Argentina are on the 21st, and eventually they end up in opposition to Iceland on the 26th.
Zlatko Dalic, age 51 (26.10.66)
Appointed caretaker in October 2017 and given the job completely in November 2017, having spent 5 years (2006-11) on the Croat under-21 employees beneath Drazen Ladic. As head coach, he has been accountable for Croat outfits Varteks Varazdin, Rijeka and Slaven Belupo, plus golf equipment in Albania (Dinamo Tirana) and the Gulf (Al Faisaly Harmah, Al Hilal and Al Ain).
The incomparable Luka Modric took over as skipper from Darijo Srna firstly of final season.
As headstrong as he’s gifted, Mario Mandzukic is an all-day headache for defenders. Ivan Rakitic is an industrious, inventive midfielder.
Centre-back Vedran Corluka has been out for a number of months after rupturing an Achilles tendon.
An impressive attacking midfield prospect, Nikola Vlasic made his aggressive bow in opposition to Greece.
Associated: Ivan Rakitic November 2007
Croatia World Cup Squad
Ultimate 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb).
DEFENDERS: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Automobile (Pink Bull Salzburg).
MIDFIELDERS: Luka Modric (Actual Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Actual Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka).
FORWARDS: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Croatia World Cup Accidents
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The Unanswered Questions
Might Luka Modric be affected by his lack of recognition again house?
Many Croat followers have been unimpressed when he sensationally retracted his authentic testimony on the corruption trial of one-time Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic. The latter could be very a lot a hate determine within the nation and, with Modric showing to facet with him, the abuse of the Actual Madrid ace has been appreciable.
After creating havoc at Euro 2016, have the Croat followers calmed down?
Removed from it. Their hardcore supporters stay fiercely against the powers-that-be on the soccer federation and are adamant that president Davor Suker – as soon as a prolific worldwide striker – and his cohorts are corrupt.
Who’s the facet’s unsung hero?
Defensive midfielder Milan Badelj is the one who takes care of the soiled work and permits the likes of Modric and Ivan Rakitic to play.
Which areas of the pitch ought to concern coach Dalic essentially the most?
Within the absence of Marko Pjaca, Ivan Perisic is the squad’s solely traditional winger. Andrej Kramaric can do a job on the proper however he’s way more of a risk by the center. Nikola Vlasic or Ante Rebic could be an incisive resolution on that facet.
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