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Croatia close in on their target

Published: Monday 10 September 2007, 0.10CET
Croatia coach Slaven Bilić feels his side are within two wins of UEFA EURO 2008™ after a 2-0 victory against Estonia on Saturday kept them at the Group E summit.
Croatia close in on their target
Eduardo da Silva and Luka Modrić celebrate a goal against Estonia ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 10 September 2007, 0.10CET

Croatia close in on their target

Croatia coach Slaven Bilić feels his side are within two wins of UEFA EURO 2008™ after a 2-0 victory against Estonia on Saturday kept them at the Group E summit.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilić feels his side are within two wins of UEFA EURO 2008™ after a 2-0 victory against Estonia on Saturday kept them on top in Group E.

Section toppers
Croatia top the section with 20 points, two clear of Russia and another ahead of third-placed England with their two main rivals meeting at Wembley on Wednesday. "We are hoping that Russia and England draw, but really we need only look at our own games," Bilić said. "We are 90 per cent secure. If we beat Andorra and Israel, I think we are definitely in. Likewise, one blunder and we can drop the ball completely."

No gifts
Bilić's men travel to Andorra on Wednesday looking to further press their advantage at the summit, though the coach - who celebrates his 40th birthday on Tuesday - is not expecting any gifts from the bottom side in the section. He said: "Playing Andorra at home is a game one must win. Playing Andorra away, on their pitch, that's something else. We will not over-confident. We shall treat this game like any other."

Happy return
Meanwhile, Arsenal FC striker Eduardo da Silva, whose two goals beat Viggo Jensen's Estonia, was thrilled to be back at the home of his old club, NK Dinamo Zagreb, for the Estonia match and was looking forward to another trip to his old stamping ground to take on Israel on 17 October. "I felt so good at the Maksimir," said the Brazilian-born player. "I felt at home, as if I had never left, and I look forward to coming back again to play Israel."

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