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Croatia show their class in Malta

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 22.37CET
Malta 1-3 Croatia
Ognjen Vukojević, Milan Badelj and Dejan Lovren did the damage as Slaven Bilić's side kept Group F leaders Greece in their sights.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Ta' Qali National Stadium
Croatia show their class in Malta
Ognjen Vukojević celebrates hitting Croatia's opener in Malta ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaCroatia

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts10
 
15
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Fouls suffered22
 
16

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 22.37CET

Croatia show their class in Malta

Malta 1-3 Croatia
Ognjen Vukojević, Milan Badelj and Dejan Lovren did the damage as Slaven Bilić's side kept Group F leaders Greece in their sights.

Croatia's strength told as they earned a 3-1 victory against a willing Malta side to keep the pressure on Greece at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group F.

Goals from Ognjen Vukojević, Milan Badelj and Dejan Lovren did the damage for Slaven Bilić's side, but Michael Mifsud scored to give Malta a lift before the break. John Buttigieg's men remain without a point in the section, while Croatia will look to strengthen their position further when they take on third-ranked Israel at home on Tuesday.

Vukojević struck in the 11th minute and it was 2-0 just after the half-hour mark as Badelj drilled a fine effort past Andrew Hogg in the Malta goal. However, Malta captain Mifsud once more showed his predatory instincts, firing past Stipe Pletikosa from inside the box seven minutes before the break to keep the home side in the hunt.

A comeback, however, was not on, and with Malta's defence at sixes and sevens, Lovren took full advantage, making it 3-1 on 68 minutes. Croatia remain within a point of section leaders Greece, while Malta hope their luck will finally change as they take on Georgia in their next fixture.

Last updated: 02/09/11 22.41CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002272/postmatch/report/index.html#croatia+group+f+ante

Lineups

Malta

Malta

Croatia

Croatia

1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
2
E. MuscatEmmanuel Muscat
2
StrinićIvan Strinić
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
4
LovrenDejan Lovren
Goal68
5
AgiusAndré Agius
5
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Yellow Card51
6
FenechRyan Fenech
Yellow Card25
Substitution88
7
BadeljMilan Badelj
Goal32
Substitution82
7
FaillaClayton Failla
Yellow Card66
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Goal11
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
Substitution74
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
Goal38
Substitution82
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card35
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
18
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
Substitution46
11
HutchinsonJohn Hutchinson
20
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution68
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
21
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko

Substitutes

12
GauciReuben Gauci (GK)
23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
3
MamoCarlo Mamo
Substitution88
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
14
WoodsIvan Woods
Substitution82
9
JelavićNikica Jelavić
15
BorgSteve Borg
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
16
FenechPaul Fenech
14
KalinićNikola Kalinić
Substitution46
17
CiliaTrevor Cilia
16
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Substitution68
18
PaceJamie Pace
Substitution74
22
EduardoEduardo
Substitution82

Coach

John Buttigieg (MLT) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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