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Croatia look to defend perfect record against Latvia

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Croatia will look to end their Group F campaign on a high note and maintain their 100% record against a Latvia side who have won two of their four away games in the section.
Croatia look to defend perfect record against Latvia
Ivica Olić (right) scored Croatia's second goal against Lativa in Riga last September ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

CroatiaLatvia

Goals scored21
 
9
Total attempts189
 
82
Attempts on target84
 
29
Attempts off target78
 
38
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
2
Corners86
 
40
Offsides12
 
13
Yellow cards23
 
25
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed157
 
167
Fouls suffered174
 
92
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

Croatia look to defend perfect record against Latvia

Croatia will look to end their Group F campaign on a high note and maintain their 100% record against a Latvia side who have won two of their four away games in the section.

Croatia will look to end their UEFA EURO 2012 Group F campaign on a high note against a Latvia side who have won two of their four away games in the section.

• Croatia beat Latvia 3-0 in Riga in the sides' opening Group F game on 3 September. Mladen Petrić set the visitors on their way two minutes before the break, a lead which was doubled in the early stages of the second half by the head of Ivica Olić. Captain Darijo Srna confirmed Latvia's first defeat in five competitive home games with a third late on.

• Croatia's record in three matches against Latvia reads W3 D0 L0 (W1 D0 L0 at home).

• Latvia coach Aleksandrs Starkovs was second in command to Englishman Gary Johnson when the sides first met in Osijek for a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 24 March 2001. A first-half Boško Balaban hat-trick set Croatia on their way to a 4-1 win.

• Balaban scored again in the return encounter in Riga on 6 June the same year as Mirko Jozić's men won 1-0, with Starkovs in sole command for only the second contest of his first spell as Latvia boss.

Last updated: 07/10/11 23.21CET

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