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Srna sparks Croatia comeback

Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.28CET
Croatia 2-1 F.Y.R. Macedonia Darijo Srna scored one goal and made another as Croatia came from behind to defeat ten-man F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Match statistics

CroatiaFYROM

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target9
 
1
Corners6
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
20
Yellow cards0
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 11/02/2014 17:10 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.28CET

Srna sparks Croatia comeback

Croatia 2-1 F.Y.R. Macedonia Darijo Srna scored one goal and made another as Croatia came from behind to defeat ten-man F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Substitute Darijo Srna scored one and made another as Croatia came from behind to claim three points and stay top of Group E with a 2-1 win against ten-man F.Y.R. Macedonia.

Turnaround
Goce Sedloski, who would later be sent off, put the visitors in front in the first half but that lead was cancelled out shortly after the interval by Srna. The midfielder then laid on the winner for Eduardo da Silva late on, to keep Croatia in the driving seat on 13 points.

Show of intent
Despite the exciting climax, it took ten minutes before the game's first goal attempt, a Milan Rapaić effort for Croatia that sailed harmlessly over. F.Y.R. Macedonia then signalled their intent as Goran Maznov's floated corner found its way to Ilco Naumoski in the six-metre box, but he failed to connect cleanly, allowing a thankful Josip Šimunić to clear. Rapaić was wayward from distance again, yet he almost turned provider, finding Marko Babić in the area, who headed over.

Visitors lead
On 38 minutes, the Macedonians shocked the home crowd by breaking the deadlock. Dario Šimic fouled Naumoski and from the resulting free-kick, Sedloski thumped the ball low past Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa from 25 metres. The goal knocked Croatia out of their stride as the half wound down. Rapaić was subsequently replaced by Srna at half-time and he hauled the hosts level on 58 minutes, smashing a free-kick high into the centre of the goal. Sedloski was then dismissed for a second bookable offence with little over 20 minutes left. Croatia smelt victory and they breached a retreating defence two minutes from time when Srna crossed for Eduardo to convert from close range.

Last updated: 25/03/07 0.30CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

FYROM

FYROM

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
1
NikoloskiJane Nikoloski (GK)
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
2
NoveskiNikolce Noveski
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
3
R. PopovRobert Popov
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski (C)
Yellow Card8
Goal36
Red Card68
7
RapaićMilan Rapaić
Substitution45
14
LazarevskiVlade Lazarevski
8
BabićMarko Babić
6
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
Substitution77
9
BalabanBoško Balaban
Substitution79
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
Yellow Card46
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač (C)
9
MaznovGoran Maznov
Substitution71
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
11
NaumoskiIlco Naumoski
Yellow Card47
Substitution60
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
19
PandevGoran Pandev
Yellow Card67
22
EduardoEduardo
Goal87
5
VasoskiAleksandar Vasoski

Substitutes

23
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
12
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK)
11
SrnaDarijo Srna
Substitution45
Goal58
13
PolozaniArtim Polozani
13
VejićHrvoje Vejić
16
VajsMiroslav Vajs
Substitution71
16
LekoJerko Leko
17
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
Substitution77
18
OlićIvica Olić
20
StojkovAco Stojkov
20
BudanIgor Budan
Substitution79
21
RisticStevica Ristic
24
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
10
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution60

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Srečko Katanec (SVN)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Markus Mayr (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

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