Qualifying round (Group F) - 03/09/2010 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time) - Skonto Stadions - Riga
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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:

P: Played   
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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