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Modrić sets Croatia on course to sink Malta

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 22.57CET
Croatia 2-0 Malta
Luka Modrić set the hosts on their way with the opener on his 29th birthday as Niko Kovač's men saw of the ten-man visitors.
by Elvir Islamović
from Stadion Maksimir

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Match statistics

CroatiaMalta

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)70
 
30
Total attempts22
 
1
on target6
 
1
off target11
 
0
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners16
 
1
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed8
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
8

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 22.57CET

Modrić sets Croatia on course to sink Malta

Croatia 2-0 Malta
Luka Modrić set the hosts on their way with the opener on his 29th birthday as Niko Kovač's men saw of the ten-man visitors.

• Luka Modrić scores on his 29th birthday to set Croatia on path to victory
• Substitute Andrej Kramarić secures the points with 81st-minute finish
• Malta play 59 minutes with ten men after dismissal of defender Steve Borg
• The result is Croatia's sixth victory against Malta in seven matches
• Next games: Bulgaria v Croatia, Malta v Norway (10 October)

Luka Modrić scored on his 29th birthday and substitute Andrej Kramarić added a second as Croatia were forced to battle hard to take three points against ten-man Malta in their Group H opener.

Niko Kovač announced that his players would attack from the off ahead of the match, but contrary to those intentions it was Malta who had the first big chance. Ryan Camilleri broke into the penalty area in just the second minute, but his shot was directed straight at home goalkeeper Danijel Subašić.

That proved the only big Maltese opening of the match as Croatia took control. Despite dominating both possession and territory the hosts were struggling to craft the chances, but received a major boost in the 31st minute when Steve Borg was shown a red card after an altercation with Mario Mandžukić. Croatia might have been expected to go on and score after the dismissal, but laboured until the half-time whistle.

It was a completely different story after the restart, as from the first attack, Darijo Srna laid off for Modrić in the middle and the Real Madrid CF midfielder drove a low shot into the bottom corner from 20m on the occasion of his 80th cap.

The Croatian domination continued after the goal and they looked much more dangerous than in the first period. Chances came in quick succession, but the goal that wrapped it up did not arrive until the 81st minute. Kramarić received a well-weighted pass from fellow substitute Nikica Jelavić and shot low to seal the three points.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.34CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Malta

Malta

23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
4
MilićHrvoje Milić
4
S. BorgSteve Borg
Red Card31
5
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
5
AgiusAndrei Agius
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
6
R. FenechRyan Fenech
Yellow Card59
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
7
FaillaClayton Failla
8
HalilovićAlen Halilović
Substitution67
8
P. FenechPaul Fenech
Substitution87
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
Goal46
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
Substitution33
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
15
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
Substitution76
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card31
Substitution79
17
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
20
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution46
19
Z. MuscatZach Muscat

Substitutes

1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
2
CaruanaJonathan Caruana
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
3
BezzinaSteve Bezzina
Substitution33
9
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution46
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
11
HerreraEdward Herrera
13
ČopDuje Čop
14
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
16
PašalićMario Pašalić
18
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
Substitution76
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution79
20
J.P. FarrugiaJean Paul Farrugia
19
PjacaMarko Pjaca
22
SciclunaRyan Scicluna
Substitution87
21
VidaDomagoj Vida
22
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution67
Goal81

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (MLT)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)

Fourth official

Valeri Danchenko (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)

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