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Croatia progress despite Skopje defeat

Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.39CET
F.Y.R. Macedonia 2-0 Croatia The visitors lost their unbeaten record in Group E yet qualified for the EURO courtesy of events elsewhere.
Croatia progress despite Skopje defeat
Ilco Naumoski finds a way through Niko Kovač and Eduardo da Silva ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FYROMCroatia

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
3
Corners3
 
2
Fouls committed31
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.39CET

Croatia progress despite Skopje defeat

F.Y.R. Macedonia 2-0 Croatia The visitors lost their unbeaten record in Group E yet qualified for the EURO courtesy of events elsewhere.

Croatia lost their unbeaten record in Group E, succumbing 2-0 in F.Y.R. Macedonia, yet still reached UEFA EURO 2008™ thanks to events elsewhere.

Favourable scoreline
Although second-half goals from Goran Maznov and Ilco Naumoski won the day in Skopje, Croatia had qualified for next summer's tournament before kick-off because rivals Russia were beaten in Israel. Slaven Bilić's team will progress to Austria and Switzerland as group winners provided they avoid a two-goal defeat in England on Wednesday.

Home pressure
Given Croatia's pre-match success, it was perhaps no surprise that F.Y.R. Macedonia should make the running on the pitch. Naumoski had the best two chances of the first half – first when a Maznov cross just eluded his attempted header, then when Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa spilled the resulting loose ball at his feet and he could not apply the finishing touch.

To the rescue
Eduardo da Silva led the charge for Croatia early in the second half, his shot being blocked by defender Igor Mitreski, before the home side almost scored on the counterattack. When a cross was headed back across goal by Naumoski, only the intervention of Dario Šimić prevented the breakthrough. At the other end, Niko Kovač nodded wide from a Darijo Srna corner.

Late goals
Then the deadlock was broken on 71 minutes. Maznov played a one-two with Naumoski before lashing the ball low past Pletikosa as he entered the area. Victory was secured for Srečko Katanec's men when, with 12 minutes remaining, Naumoski broke clear to stroke the ball beyond the keeper. Success on the day for the hosts, then, yet an even sweeter taste in defeat for Croatia.

Last updated: 18/11/07 12.30CET

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Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

Croatia

Croatia

1
MilosevskiPetar Milosevski (GK)
1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
2
NoveskiNikolce Noveski
2
ŠimićDario Šimić
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
3
PopovGoran Popov
4
R.KovačRobert Kovač
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski (C)
Substitution88
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
14
LazarevskiVlade Lazarevski
10
N.KovačNiko Kovač (C)
18
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Yellow Card14
11
SrnaDarijo Srna
7
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution75
9
MaznovGoran Maznov
Goal71
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution42
11
NaumoskiIlco Naumoski
Yellow Card27
Goal83
Substitution84
22
EduardoEduardo
Substitution54

Substitutes

12
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK)
23
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
13
PolozaniArtim Polozani
Substitution84
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
15
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
Substitution88
13
KneževićDario Knežević
20
StojkovAco Stojkov
15
VranješJurica Vranješ
21
RisticStevica Ristic
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution54
6
GeorgievskiSlavčo Georgievski
25
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution75
10
SakiriArtim Sakiri
27
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution42

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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