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Eduardo strike takes Croatia closer

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.40CET
Croatia 1-0 Israel Eduardo da Silva's second-half goal for Croatia in Zagreb left Slaven Bilić's team on the brink of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualification.
Eduardo strike takes Croatia closer
Eduardo da Silva scores Croatia's winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaIsrael

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target4
 
0
Corners6
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.40CET

Eduardo strike takes Croatia closer

Croatia 1-0 Israel Eduardo da Silva's second-half goal for Croatia in Zagreb left Slaven Bilić's team on the brink of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualification.

Eduardo da Silva's second-half goal for Croatia secured a victory that leaves them on the brink of qualification for UEFA EURO 2008™.

One win away
Top of Group E at kick-off, the win against Israel moves Croatia eight points clear of third-placed Russia, who have only three games left starting with the Wednesday visit of England. Even if Russia prevail there, victories in F.Y.R. Macedonia or England next month would ensure Croatia's berth in the finals. Israel's hopes, strong so for long, are over.

Olić denied
Before a 35,000-strong crowd at the Maksimir Stadium, Croatia dominated from the start but Israel's defence was holding firm. The home side's best chance in the first half came when Jerko Leko's 15th-minute header fell to the feet of Ivica Olić, whose shot produced a point-blank save from Nir Davidovich.

Eduardo strikes
Croatia's territorial supremacy paid off seven minutes into the second half. Vedran Ćorluka's cross from the right fell perfectly for Eduardo to strike the ball past the Israel goalkeeper. Now Israel were forced to attack and Yossi Benayoun's shot from distance was denied by Stipe Pletikosa. Yet Croatia's points were safe and Davidovich did well to prevent Darijo Srna's free-kick doubling the lead. Slaven Bilić's men can now relax on Wednesday and hope that England make their November fixtures a formality.

Last updated: 14/10/07 1.36CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Israel

Israel

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
6
MeshumarEyal Meshumar
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
5
GershonShimon Gershon
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač (C)
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
Yellow Card65
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
20
AntebiYgal Antebi
Yellow Card87
11
SrnaDarijo Srna
8
BaruchyanAviram Baruchyan
Substitution58
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
19
AlbermanGal Alberman
16
LekoJerko Leko
Yellow Card24
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun (C)
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution81
17
BaliliPini Balili
Yellow Card62
Substitution67
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution46
10
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution76
22
EduardoEduardo
Yellow Card45
Goal52
11
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Yellow Card71

Substitutes

23
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
22
StrauberLiran Strauber (GK)
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution81
16
Ben-DayanDedi Ben-Dayan
8
BabićMarko Babić
7
TamuzToto Tamuz
Substitution67
13
KneževićDario Knežević
12
GolanOmer Golan
Substitution58
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
14
SaharBen Sahar
24
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution46
18
StroolAvi Strool
26
N. KalinićNikola Kalinić
9
OhayonMoshe Ohayon
Substitution76

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Dror Kashtan (ISR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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