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Croatia dig deep to down Georgia

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 22.10CET
Croatia 2-1 Georgia
Slaven Bilić's men hit the woodwork three times after falling behind early on but remained patient to send themselves top of qualifying Group F.
by Elvir Islamović
Croatia dig deep to down Georgia
Croatia celebrate their hard-earned victory against Georgia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaGeorgia

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts16
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
0
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
0
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
7

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 22.10CET

Croatia dig deep to down Georgia

Croatia 2-1 Georgia
Slaven Bilić's men hit the woodwork three times after falling behind early on but remained patient to send themselves top of qualifying Group F.

Croatia fought back from a goal down to exact revenge on Georgia and climb to the summit of Group F.

Slaven Bilić's men suffered a 1-0 loss away against the same opponents in their previous UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier in March and their supporters must have feared the worst when Jaba Kankava put Georgia ahead after 17 minutes. Having never previously won a competitive game at Stadion Poljud the omens looked worrying for the hosts, but Mario Mandžukić levelled with 14 minutes remaining and Nikola Kalinić struck the winner moments later.

Dedicating their performance to team-mate Drago Gabrić, who is recovering from a car accident, Croatia made an uncertain start and were stung when Kankava met David Siradze's cross from the right with a fine header. That prompted a spirited response from the home side, Luka Modrić unleashing an effort that Giorgi Loria was just about able to push onto a post.

Eduardo then nodded against the crossbar after the break, before Kalinić forced a double save from Loria and Srna struck the woodwork from a superb free-kick. Croatia were not to be denied, however, and they finally restored parity when substitutes Ivan Klasnić and Tomislav Dujmović combined down the left and Dujmović crossed for Mandžukić to finish. Two minutes later another replacement completed the turnaround, Kalinić making the most of Eduardo's right-wing cross.

"It was wonderful to score the decisive goal," said the match-winner. "It was a difficult game and it was hard to break down the Georgia defence, especially after they scored and put men behind the ball."

"In the first half we couldn't break through, but I was stressing that we needed to be patient," added Bilić, whose side next travel to Malta on 2 September, when Georgia host Latvia. "Patience was crucial as we were constantly attacking and waiting for a goal. We showed our character."

Last updated: 03/06/11 23.35CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Georgia

Georgia

12
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
1
LoriaGiorgi Loria (GK)
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
2
SalukvadzeLasha Salukvadze
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
3
KhubutiaAkaki Khubutia
Yellow Card75
6
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze (C)
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution71
5
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
9
EduardoEduardo
6
KashiaGuram Kashia
Substitution80
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
7
KankavaJaba Kankava
Goal17
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
8
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Goal76
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Yellow Card26
Substitution62
18
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution71
10
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
20
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution46
11
SiradzeDavit Siradze
Substitution56

Substitutes

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
12
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
4
LovrenDejan Lovren
14
LipartiaJaba Lipartia
7
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
Substitution71
15
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution56
14
N. KalinićNikola Kalinić
Substitution46
Goal78
Yellow Card78
16
AmisulashviliAleksandr Amisulashvili
16
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Substitution71
17
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
Substitution80
21
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
18
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Substitution62
22
BadeljMilan Badelj
19
GuruliAlexander Guruli

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

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