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Croatia excel against England

Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.56CET
Croatia 2-0 England
Eduardo da Silva headed in on the hour and a bizarre Gary Neville own goal confirmed a vital Group E win.
Croatia excel against England
Eduardo da Silva was on target for Croatia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaEngland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners6
 
5
Fouls committed9
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.56CET

Croatia excel against England

Croatia 2-0 England
Eduardo da Silva headed in on the hour and a bizarre Gary Neville own goal confirmed a vital Group E win.

Croatia made an important move in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group E with victory against England in Zagreb.

Own goal
Eduardo da Silva headed in on the hour and soon after a bizarre Gary Neville own goal put the game beyond England, who had reacted to their 0-0 home draw with F.Y.R. Macedonia by introducing a new 3-5-2 formation. Both teams have seven points but unbeaten Croatia have played a match less and can take the outright lead on 15 November when they go to Israel, while England must wait until March for their next fixture.

Robinson saves
The sides looked evenly-matched in the early stages and it was 24 minutes before the first real chance, with Frank Lampard shooting over. At the other end Milan Rapaić forced Paul Robinson to save with a strong shot. The England goalkeeper was also on hand to deny Niko Kranjčar on the rebound after the initial effort was blocked by Rio Ferdinand.

Croatia ahead
Mladen Petrić scored four times for Croatia in their joint-record 7-0 win against Andorra four days ago and within two minutes of the restart he nearly had his sixth international goal as he got his head to a corner but Robinson tipped the ball over. Seven minutes later England had their best opportunity as Wayne Rooney burst clear but his shot sailed over. It was Croatia who broke the deadlock on the hour, however, after Niko Kovač's high cross from the left was met by Eduardo's looping header which dropped out of reach of Robinson.

England embarrassment
England had not previously conceded since Steve McClaren took over after the FIFA World Cup, but another Croatia goal followed in bizarre circumstances. Neville's backpass seemed innocuous enough but Robinson's kick missed the ball, which rolled into the net. Shell-shocked England never looked like recovering and the last minutes passed in a carnival atmosphere.

Last updated: 12/10/06 13.21CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

England

England

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Goal65
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card76
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač
4
CarragherJamie Carragher
Substitution73
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Yellow Card20
7
RapaićMilan Rapaić
Substitution73
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač (C)
Yellow Card63
7
CarrickMichael Carrick
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
8
LampardFrank Lampard
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution88
9
RooneyWayne Rooney
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
10
CrouchPeter Crouch
Substitution73
22
EduardoEduardo
Goal59
Substitution80
11
ParkerScott Parker
Substitution73

Substitutes

23
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
13
KirklandChris Kirkland (GK)
8
BabićMarko Babić
Substitution88
14
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution73
16
LekoJerko Leko
Substitution80
16
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution73
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution73
17
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution73
15
KneževićDario Knežević
12
P. NevillePhil Neville
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
15
JenasJermaine Jenas
20
ŠerićAnthony Šerić
18
BentDarren Bent

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Bertini (ITA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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