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All to play for as Croatia travel to Greece

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET
Greece host Croatia in a crucial game at the top of Group F; victory for the visitors would book their place at UEFA EURO 2012 while the hosts need a win to wrestle back control at the summit.
All to play for as Croatia travel to Greece
Slaven Bilić's Croatia know that victory against Greece will book their place at UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

GreeceCroatia

Goals scored14
 
21
Total attempts137
 
189
Attempts on target54
 
84
Attempts off target63
 
78
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners52
 
86
Offsides29
 
12
Yellow cards27
 
23
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed138
 
157
Fouls suffered157
 
174
 
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2011, 10.00CET

All to play for as Croatia travel to Greece

Greece host Croatia in a crucial game at the top of Group F; victory for the visitors would book their place at UEFA EURO 2012 while the hosts need a win to wrestle back control at the summit.

Greece will look to wrestle back control in the race for a guaranteed UEFA EURO 2012 place as they take on top-ranked Croatia in their final Group F home game.

• Croatia were forced to settle for a goalless draw in their first meeting on 7 September 2010 after a concerted rearguard action allowed Greece to escape Zagreb with a point. Second-half efforts from substitutes Nikica Jelavić and Eduardo were the closest Croatia came to breaking through.

• Greece's record in five matches against Croatia reads W1 D3 L1 (W1 D0 L1 at home). This will be the teams' first meeting in Piraeus.

• Croatia first met their upcoming opponents in Zagreb on 10 November 1996 and needed Davor Šuker's equaliser to cancel out Demis Nikolaidis's opener in a 1-1 draw.

• Šuker also grabbed the only goal in the return fixture in Salonika on 30 April the following year as Croatia finished second in qualifying Group 1 to earn a play-off meeting with Ukraine, which they won 3-1 on aggregate. Greece came third in the section.

• Since then, the nations have crossed paths in a pair of friendlies, with Greece triumphing 3-2 in Athens on 10 March 1999 and the two sides playing out a 2-2 draw in Varazdin on 25 April 2001.

Last updated: 27/09/11 0.09CET

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