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Croatia qualify with victory in Malta

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.40CET
Malta 0-1 Croatia
Ivan Perišić's 25th-minute winner combined with Norway's defeat in Italy sends Croatia to the finals as runners-up in qualifying Group H.
by Domenic & Anne Aquilina
from National Stadium

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Match statistics

MaltaCroatia

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)36
 
64
Total attempts7
 
21
on target3
 
5
off target3
 
10
blocked1
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
9
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
11

Standings

* Croatia have had 1 point(s) deducted

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.40CET

Croatia qualify with victory in Malta

Malta 0-1 Croatia
Ivan Perišić's 25th-minute winner combined with Norway's defeat in Italy sends Croatia to the finals as runners-up in qualifying Group H.

  • Croatia win in Malta to qualify thanks to Norway's defeat in Italy
  • Ivan Perišić's 25th-minute goal proves enough for visitors
  • Alfred Effiong has Malta's two best chances

A narrow victory in Malta coupled with Norway's defeat in Italy sent Croatia to UEFA EURO 2016.

Croatia began the day third in Group H, two points behind Norway, who took the lead in Italy. But the Azzurri came from behind to win 2-1 and top the section, and Croatia will join them in France courtesy of Ivan Perišić's 25th-minute strike.

Malta did show some threat via the running of Alfred Effiong, who had an excellent chance on 22 minutes after being released by a splendid André Schembri through ball, only for Danijel Subašić to stand tall. And soon after Perišić unleashed a powerful effort from the left of the box that flew in with the help of a deflection.

With Mateo Kovačić and Ivan Rakitić rampant, there was little chance of a Malta comeback. Just before the hour Marko Pjaca came close to a second, denied by Andrew Hogg's intervention.

Effiong did have another opportunity, again supplied by Schembri, but Subašić saved. By then, though, Croatia's minds were already on the good news coming through from Italy.

Last updated: 15/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014073/postmatch/report/index.html#croatia+through+malta

Lineups

Malta

Malta

Croatia

Croatia

1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
3
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
Goal25
Yellow Card90+2
5
AgiusAndrei Agius
5
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
7
FaillaClayton Failla
Yellow Card69
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution77
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa (C)
Substitution79
8
PjacaMarko Pjaca
Substitution83
11
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution90+2
16
N. KalinićNikola Kalinić
Substitution60
15
S. BorgSteve Borg
19
BadeljMilan Badelj
Yellow Card39
18
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
20
KovačićMateo Kovačić
19
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Substitution75
21
VidaDomagoj Vida
22
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
22
PivarićJosip Pivarić

Substitutes

12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
23
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
2
A. MuscatAlex Muscat
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
6
P. FenechPaul Fenech
Substitution79
9
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution60
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud
Substitution75
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution90+2
13
LeškovićMarko Lešković
14
GrioliJustin Grioli
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Substitution77
16
Clyde BorgClyde Borg
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution83
17
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
20
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
21
BaldacchinoClifford Baldacchino

Coach

Pietro Ghedin (MLT) Ante Čačić (CRO)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Michael Salisbury (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Craig Pawson (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

Legend:

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