The official website for European football

Eduardo keeps Croatia on course

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.25CET
Croatia 2-0 Estonia Eduardo da Silva struck twice inside six first-half minutes to seal an easy win for the Group E leaders.
Eduardo keeps Croatia on course
Croatia enjoyed a comfortable night ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaEstonia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners8
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.25CET

Eduardo keeps Croatia on course

Croatia 2-0 Estonia Eduardo da Silva struck twice inside six first-half minutes to seal an easy win for the Group E leaders.

Eduardo da Silva struck twice inside six first-half minutes to seal an easy win for Croatia and move them two points clear at the Group E summit.

Missed penalty
Croatia overcame an early setback when Darijo Srna missed a sixth-minute penalty and dominated a one-sided fixture to remain on course for the 2008 UEFA European Championship, with a trip to Andorra to come on Wednesday. Israel's defeat in England means Croatia are now clear at the top of the group with fellow unbeaten team Russia in second. Estonia, who have claimed just three points from nine qualifying matches, offered little attacking threat but showed resistance in keeping the scoreline to a minimum.

Powerful finish
The pattern of the evening appeared clear-cut from the opening moments, and when Croatia were awarded a spot-kick it was already looking bleak for the visitors. Defender Teet Allas handled inside the box to offer Srna the perfect chance to open the scoring, but the midfielder smashed his conversion against the left upright. Croatia, however, stayed on top and continued to plug away at the Estonia back line, finally breaching it in the 39th minute when Eduardo fired in a powerful low shot.

Damage limitation
The Arsenal FC forward doubled the advantage in added time at the end of the first half, collecting a right-wing pass from Luka Modrić and making no mistake with a rasping left-footed drive straight into the top right corner to put the tie beyond doubt. From there on it became a damage-limitation exercise for Estonia, who succeeded by not conceding again and go to F.Y.R. Macedonia on Wednesday.

Last updated: 09/09/07 0.51CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2008/matches/round=2241/match=83943/postmatch/report/index.html#eduardo+keeps+croatia+course

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Estonia

Estonia

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
12
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
2
AllasTeet Allas
Yellow Card19
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
3
StepanovAndrei Stepanov
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
13
RoobaUrmas Rooba
Substitution85
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač (C)
21
RähnTaavi Rähn
11
SrnaDarijo Srna
Penalty6
Substitution82
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution61
10
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Substitution90+2
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution72
15
KinkTarmo Kink
Substitution81
22
EduardoEduardo
Goal39
Goal45+1
8
OperAndres Oper (C)

Substitutes

23
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
16
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution61
19
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
8
BabićMarko Babić
Substitution82
22
TenisteTaijo Teniste
9
BalabanBoško Balaban
7
ReimMartin Reim
Substitution90+2
13
KneževićDario Knežević
11
AnnisteAivar Anniste
Substitution85
16
LekoJerko Leko
14
SmirnovMaksim Smirnov
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution72
18
SaagKaimar Saag
Substitution81

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Viggo Jensen (DEN)

Referee

Jérôme Laperrière (SUI)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Cuhat (SUI), Jean-Paul Remy (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2013 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.