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Confident Croatia ease past Estonia

Published: Friday 25 May 2012, 22.55CET
Croatia 3-1 Estonia
Vedran Ćorluka and Nikola Kalinić struck in the opening 20 minutes as Slaven Bilić's experimental side impressed in Pula.
by Elvir Islamović
Confident Croatia ease past Estonia
Croatia celebrate during their 3-1 victory against Estonia ©AFP

Match statistics

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Goals scored3
 
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Yellow cards0
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Red Cards0
 
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Published: Friday 25 May 2012, 22.55CET

Confident Croatia ease past Estonia

Croatia 3-1 Estonia
Vedran Ćorluka and Nikola Kalinić struck in the opening 20 minutes as Slaven Bilić's experimental side impressed in Pula.

Croatia provided a perfect send-off for their home fans with a comfortable 3-1 victory against Estonia at a full Aldo Drosina Stadium in Pula.

Vedran Ćorluka and Nikola Kalinić put the hosts two ahead after 20 minutes and Ognjen Vukojević added a late third before the visitors struck a consolation through Konstantin Vassiljev.

Slaven Bilić announced yesterday it would be a squad full of surprises for the match, and he was true to his word as the Croatia coach offered the chance for a number of players to illustrate their worth before making his final cut.

Croatia required barely a quarter of an hour to confirm their domination as Ćorluka scored from close range after Estonia failed to deal with a right-wing cross. Four minutes later it was 2-0 courtesy of a flowing move that demonstrated the increasing confidence of Bilić's charges. Eduardo's back-heel released Ivan Perišić on the left side and his incisive pass found Nikola Kalinić, who finished with aplomb.

Croatia continued to attack in the second half but had to wait until the 81st minute to further their advantage. Two substitutes combined for the goal, Ognjen Vukojević receiving a sublime pass from Šime Vrsaljko before firing in. Vassiljev prised a consolation for Estonia from a free-kick moments later but by then Croatia had already displayed a strength in depth to their squad that offers promise.

Bilić's men travel to Bad Tatzmannsdorf in Austria tomorrow for their final week of preparations for the finals. On 2 June they play a friendly against Norway in Oslo before heading to Poland for their opening UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against the Republic of Ireland in Poznan on 10 June.

 
Last updated: 06/12/12 10.27CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Estonia

Estonia

1
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
2
StrinićIvan Strinić
2
ŠišovTihhon Šišov
3
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
Substitution46
3
KiidronKaarel Kiidron
Substitution46
4
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Goal16
Substitution80
4
KlavanRagnar Klavan
5
VidaDomagoj Vida
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
6
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution46
6
KonsaOliver Konsa
Yellow Card46
Substitution62
7
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Substitution46
7
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
8
BadeljMilan Badelj
8
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
Goal83
9
IličevićIvo Iličević
Substitution60
9
KinkTarmo Kink
Substitution73
10
EduardoEduardo
Substitution60
10
OjamaaHenrik Ojamaa
Substitution58
11
KalinićNikola Kalinić
Goal20
11
OperAndres Oper
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
Substitution46
12
StepanovAndrei Stepanov
Substitution46
13
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution46
13
SaagKaimar Saag
Substitution58
14
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution46
Goal81
14
TammJoonas Tamm
Substitution58
15
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution60
15
KamsGert Kams
Substitution62
16
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution60
16
VunkMartin Vunk
Substitution73
17
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
Substitution80

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Tarmo Rüütli (EST)

Referee

Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

Assistant referees

Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)

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