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Resolute Russia halt Croatia charge

Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.50CET
Croatia 0-0 Russia The visitors produced a disciplined display in Zagreb to collect a valuable point against Slaven Bilić's Group E pacesetters.
Resolute Russia halt Croatia charge
Croatia's Luka Modrić (right) tries to get away from Igor Semshov of Russia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaRussia

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners12
 
4
Fouls committed18
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Thursday 7 June 2007, 0.50CET

Resolute Russia halt Croatia charge

Croatia 0-0 Russia The visitors produced a disciplined display in Zagreb to collect a valuable point against Slaven Bilić's Group E pacesetters.

Russia withstood sustained Croatia pressure to hold out for a point in Zagreb which ensured the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group E remained as congested as ever.

Eduardo denied
Croatia were on top throughout at the Maksimir Stadium with Eduardo da Silva twice spurning presentable opportunities, yet they were unable to find the breakthrough that would have strengthened their position at the head of the table. Slaven Bilić's side nevertheless stayed first with 17 points from seven matches, level with Israel having played a game less and two points above Russia. Both teams have home ties next time out, Croatia facing Estonia and Russia taking on F.Y.R. Macedonia on 8 September.

Lively start
The hosts produced a vibrant display, putting Russia on the back foot in the early stages when Josip Šimunić twice went close. Although Darijo Srna limped off to be replaced by Jerko Leko, Croatia refused to be unsettled and Luka Modrić volleyed wide before his cross then gave Eduardo a chance that the striker prodded too high. Aleksandr Kerzhakov's shot which dribbled across goal was the best Russia could muster in the first half and the pattern continued after the interval, home defender Vedran Ćorluka diving to nod Modric's free-kick just wide.

Eduardo denied
A slip by Aleksei Berezutski then let in Eduardo. He rounded goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev but his shot lacked power and Sergei Ignashevich cleared. From the resulting corner, Niko Kranjčar sent a looping header goalwards which was kept out by a scrambling combination of Malafeev, substitute Dmitri Torbinskiy and the crossbar. Bilić underlined Croatia's desire for victory by introducing a third forward in Mladen Petrić, although Russia then mounted a serious threat for the first time with Stipe Pletikosa making a fine stop from a thunderous Ignashevich free-kick. The home team again had the upper hand in the dying seconds, Malafeev punching away a Petrić effort as Russia resisted for a valuable draw.

Last updated: 07/06/07 0.31CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Russia

Russia

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
2
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
5
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač
27
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution61
11
SrnaDarijo Srna
Substitution8
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač (C)
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
20
SemshovIgor Semshov
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution66
28
BudyanskiViktor Budyanski
Substitution46
22
EduardoEduardo
10
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin (C)
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution83
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
30
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
13
KneževićDario Knežević
17
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
16
LekoJerko Leko
Substitution8
Yellow Card72
25
KolodinDenis Kolodin
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
7
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution46
Yellow Card69
8
BabićMarko Babić
Substitution83
26
SychevDmitri Sychev
Substitution73
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution66
9
SaenkoIvan Saenko
Substitution61
Yellow Card71
25
BudanIgor Budan
13
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak

Coach

Aljoša Asanovic (CRO) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Roman Csabay (SVK)

Fourth official

Pavel Olšiak (SVK)

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