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Israel and Croatia meet in Tel Aviv

Published: Monday 13 September 2010, 1.45CET
With Croatia and Israel having accumulated four points apiece from their first two qualifying fixtures, one team can take sole charge of Group F with victory at the Ramat Gan Stadium.
Israel and Croatia meet in Tel Aviv
Croatia lead the way in Group F after two matches ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

IsraelCroatia

Goals scored13
 
21
Total attempts136
 
189
Attempts on target43
 
84
Attempts off target63
 
78
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners53
 
86
Offsides25
 
12
Yellow cards21
 
23
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed126
 
157
Fouls suffered122
 
174
 
Published: Monday 13 September 2010, 1.45CET

Israel and Croatia meet in Tel Aviv

With Croatia and Israel having accumulated four points apiece from their first two qualifying fixtures, one team can take sole charge of Group F with victory at the Ramat Gan Stadium.

Drawn together for the second UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign in succession, Israel take on Croatia desperate for a maiden win against their Group F opponents.

Match background
• Israel's record in six games against Croatia reads W0 D1 L5 (W0 D1 L2 at home).

• The two nations produced a classic when they first renewed acquaintances in Tel Aviv on the road to UEFA EURO 2008. Roberto Colautti put the hosts ahead, but Croatia turned things around before half-time courtesy of a Darijo Srna penalty and a goal from Eduardo. The Brazilian-born striker then completed his hat-trick with two strikes either side of a Yossi Benayoun effort for Israel, for whom Colautti struck again late on in a 4-3 loss.

• Eduardo registered the only goal in the return fixture on 13 October 2007, which was also the most recent meeting between the teams.

• Before those jousts, the two countries began their rivalry in a friendly in Tel Aviv on 17 August 1994, when Croatia recorded a 4-0 triumph. The victors promptly followed that result up with friendly wins in Varazdin and Zagreb, beating Israel 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

• The only time Israel avoided defeat against Croatia came when the teams contested a 3-3 friendly draw in Jerusalem on 9 February 2005.

Last updated: 19/09/10 17.33CET

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