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Croatia crush sorry Andorra

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET
Andorra 0-6 Croatia Three goals in either half helped Croatia consolidate their qualifying Group E lead with a six-goal defeat of Andorra.
Croatia crush sorry Andorra
Mladen Petrić scored twice against Andorra ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AndorraCroatia

Goals scored0
6
Attempts on target1
 
9
Attempts off target0
5
Corners1
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET

Croatia crush sorry Andorra

Andorra 0-6 Croatia Three goals in either half helped Croatia consolidate their qualifying Group E lead with a six-goal defeat of Andorra.

Three goals in either half helped Croatia consolidate their UEFA EURO 2008™ Group E lead in this impressive six-goal showing against Andorra.

Petrić double
Mladen Petrić had scored four goals in the Croatian record-equalling 7-0 home win against David Rodrigo's side last October and the BV Borussia Dortmund player was again on target with two first-half strikes for the visitors. Darijo Srna, Niko Kranjčar, Eduardo da Silva and Ivan Rakitic were the other marksmen on a miserable day for Andorra, compounded by the 77th-minute dismissal of Genís García.

Deadlock broken
There had been little goalmouth action until midway through the first half when Kranjčar shot wide from just outside the area. A minute later, Eduardo headed over the bar from close range as the visitors began to assert their authority. Croatia then went ahead on 34 minutes, when Srna's free-kick deflected off the wall and over the helpless goalkeeper Koldo Álvarez.

Goal flurry
Within four minutes, Slaven Bilić's side had doubled their lead from another set-piece: Petrić curling an exquisite left-footed free-kick past Koldo. The forward then made it 3-0 a minute before the interval with an angled 12-metre drive that crept just inside the far post. After the break, three became four as the unmarked Kranjčar crashed a left-footed strike into the corner from nine metres. And as Andorra's resistance crumbled it was 5-0, Eduardo pouncing from short range after Kranjčar's shot had been blocked on the line on 55 minutes.

Red card
Croatia's dominance was total and a sixth goal duly arrived on 64 minutes, when substitute Rakitic poked in the rebound after Koldo had parried Petrić's curling free-kick. Rakitic, Kranjčar and substitute Boško Balaban all came close late on, but despite the sending-off of García for a late tackle on Rakitic, there would be no repeat of last October's scoreline.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.34CET

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