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Croatia look to secure pole position

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET
Croatia host Georgia looking to secure their position at the top end of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F by avenging their March loss to Temuri Ketsbaia's team in Tblisi.
Croatia look to secure pole position
Croatia will be looking to cement their place at the top of UEFA EURO qualifying Group F ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

CroatiaGeorgia

Goals scored21
 
7
Total attempts189
 
120
Attempts on target84
 
41
Attempts off target78
 
61
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
2
Corners86
 
49
Offsides12
 
20
Yellow cards23
 
20
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed157
 
123
Fouls suffered174
 
126
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET

Croatia look to secure pole position

Croatia host Georgia looking to secure their position at the top end of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F by avenging their March loss to Temuri Ketsbaia's team in Tblisi.

Croatia will look to secure their position at the top end of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F by avenging their spring-time defeat against Georgia.

• Hertha BSC Berlin midfielder Levan Kobiashvili struck at the death to give Georgia all three points on 26 March, in a game which always looked destined to end in stalemate. Victory meant that Georgia remained unbeaten in ten games since Temuri Ketsbaia took charge in November 2009.

• That record ended just three days later as Georgia lost 1-0 in Israel.

• Georgia have yet to win in three Group F away games, with two draws preceding that defeat.

• Croatia's two Group F home games so far brought a 0-0 draw with Greece and a 3-0 win against Malta. They have yet to concede at home in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

• Croatia have not lost in five competitive home games since a 4-1 reverse against England in a 10 September 2008 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

• The sides' last meeting in Tblisi was their first. Indeed teams representing the two nations had never met before in UEFA club competition.

• Croatia coach Slaven Bilić and Ketsbaia had faced each other previously, featuring for Everton FC and Newcastle United FC respectively in a 0-0 Premier League draw on 28 February 1998.

Last updated: 01/06/11 12.09CET

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