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Croatia cruise past Latvia in Riga

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.45CET
Latvia 0-3 Croatia
Mladen Petrić, Ivica Olić and Darijo Srna were on target in a straightforward victory for Slaven Bilić's team in Riga.
by Mikhail Korolev
from Skonto Stadions
Croatia cruise past Latvia in Riga
Aleksandrs Cauņa (left) vies with Croatia's Ivan Strinić ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LatviaCroatia

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts6
 
22
Attempts on target1
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
9
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
9
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
16

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.45CET

Croatia cruise past Latvia in Riga

Latvia 0-3 Croatia
Mladen Petrić, Ivica Olić and Darijo Srna were on target in a straightforward victory for Slaven Bilić's team in Riga.

Croatia kicked off UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F with a comfortable victory against Latvia in Riga.

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.

Latvia coach Aleksandrs Starkovs surprised many inside the Skonto Stadions by leaving Vitālijs Astafjevs, Europe's most capped player, on the bench. The hosts could have done with his experience early on as Croatia quickly took the initiative, Niko Kranjčar and Josip Šimunić forcing Andris Vaņins into sharp saves.

Despite Latvia fashioning little aside from Aleksandrs Cauņa's effort on the quarter-hour mark, Starkov's team were defending capably and seemed set to end the half on level terms until Petrič struck from close range. Olič, having been denied by Vaņins before the opener, put the outcome beyond doubt six minutes after the restart with a perfectly-placed header.

Deflated, Latvia's response was limited to efforts from Maksims Rafaļskis and Māris Verpakovskis which failed to trouble goalkeeper Vedran Runje. Nikica Jelavić squandered a chance to increase the lead with just Vaņins to beat, leaving it to Srna to put the gloss on a comfortable night eight minutes from time.

Last updated: 03/09/10 23.30CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Croatia

Croatia

12
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
12
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
2
KļavaOskars Kļava
2
StrinićIvan Strinić
5
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution87
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
7
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
Yellow Card76
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
8
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Yellow Card37
Substitution70
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Yellow Card76
9
EduardoEduardo
Substitution62
10
RubinsAndrejs Rubins
Substitution85
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
Goal82
Yellow Card90
11
G. KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
Substitution63
18
OlićIvica Olić
Goal51
13
GorkšsKaspars Gorkšs (C)
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
15
RafaļskisMaksims Rafaļskis
21
PetrićMladen Petrić
Goal43
Substitution84

Substitutes

1
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs
Substitution87
4
BuljatJurica Buljat
4
KrjauklisRitus Krjauklis
6
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution70
14
PerepļotkinsAndrejs Perepļotkins
13
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
17
RudņevsArtjoms Rudņevs
Substitution63
16
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
18
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution85
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution84
19
FertovsAleksandrs Fertovs
20
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution62

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Berry Simons (NED), Sander van Roekel (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

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