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Germany edge past ten-man Croatia

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.10CET
Germany 2-1 Croatia
Pegged back by Davor Šuker's equaliser, Germany reached the last four thanks to Matthias Sammer's goal just three minutes after Igor Štimac's red card.
Germany edge past ten-man Croatia
Andreas Köpke, Matthias Sammer and Markus Babbel celebrate Germany's progress ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanyCroatia

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.10CET

Germany edge past ten-man Croatia

Germany 2-1 Croatia
Pegged back by Davor Šuker's equaliser, Germany reached the last four thanks to Matthias Sammer's goal just three minutes after Igor Štimac's red card.

Germany were made to work hard for a 2-1 win against Croatia which ensured them of a sixth European semi-final.

Impressively clinical in their opening two fixtures, Croatia had missed out on top spot in Group D after coach Miroslav Blaževic's decision to field a patchwork side against Portugal. They subsequently lost 3-0 and were punished with a quarter-final tie against Germany, when they might otherwise have been facing the Czech Republic.

Blaževic's charges fell behind to Jürgen Klinsmann's 20th-minute penalty but looked to have seized the initiative when Davor Šuker equalised just after half-time. Igor Štimac's dismissal halted any such momentum and Matthias Sammer soon gave Germany a lead they would this time hold on to.

Croatia could have been in front themselves had Goran Vlaović not been so wasteful when put clean through by Aljoša Asanović in the opening period – it would not be the last time the Germans were let off the hook. Berti Vogts' side were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure but then took the lead with their first attack, Klinsmann finishing with typical precision from the spot after Nikola Jerkan's handball in the penalty area.

But Croatia had shown themselves to be nothing if not resilient on their finals debut and deservedly drew level six minutes into the second half. Steffen Freund, on for the injured Klinsmann, was dispossessed by Nikola Jurčević, who fed Šuker in the inside-right channel. Bearing down on goalkeeper Andreas Köpke, the No9 looked certain to shoot with his left foot but rolled the ball brilliantly on to his right and stroked impudently into the net.

With Germany seemingly there for the taking, Croatia could not afford to rest on their laurels – Štimac's red card halted them in their tracks, however. Only three minutes after being reduced to ten men, just before the hour, they were behind again after Sammer's cool finish. Šuker had the best chance to restore parity for the second time but it was not to be; Germany headed for a semi-final meeting against England.

Last updated: 23/01/12 16.54CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Croatia

Croatia

1
KöpkeAndreas Köpke
1
LadićDražen Ladić
2
ReuterStefan Reuter
2
JurčevićNikola Jurčević
Substitution78
5
HelmerThomas Helmer
3
JarniRobert Jarni
7
MöllerAndreas Möller
4
ŠtimacIgor Štimac
Red Card56
8
SchollMehmet Scholl
Substitution88
5
JerkanNikola Jerkan
9
BobicFredi Bobic
Substitution46
6
BilićSlaven Bilić
14
BabbelMarkus Babbel
7
AsanovićAljoša Asanović
17
ZiegeChristian Ziege
9
ŠukerDavor Šuker
Goal51
18
KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann (C)
Yellow Card7
Goal20
Substitution39
10
BobanZvonimir Boban (C)
21
EiltsDieter Eilts
13
StanićMario Stanić
6
SammerMatthias Sammer
Yellow Card5
Goal59
19
VlaovićGoran Vlaović

Substitutes

10
HässlerThomas Hässler
Substitution88
8
ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
11
KuntzStefan Kuntz
Substitution46
11
BokšićAlen Bokšić
4
FreundSteffen Freund
Substitution39
12
MrmićMarijan Mrmić
3
BodeMarco Bode
14
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
12
KahnOliver Kahn
15
PavličićDubravko Pavličić
16
SchneiderRené Schneider
16
MladenovićMladen Mladenović
Substitution78
20
BierhoffOliver Bierhoff
17
PamićIgor Pamić
22
ReckOliver Reck
18
BrajkovićElvis Brajković
20
ŠimićDario Šimić
21
CvitanovićIgor Cvitanović
22
GabrićTonči Gabrić

Coach

Berti Vogts (GER) Miroslav Blaževic (CRO)

Referee

Leif Sundell (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Mikael Hansson (SWE)

Fourth official

Karl-Erik Nilsson (SWE)

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