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Croatian celebrations in Mechelen

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET
Belgium 0-2 Croatia Two goals in six first-half minutes mean the visitors win Group 8.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET

Croatian celebrations in Mechelen

Belgium 0-2 Croatia Two goals in six first-half minutes mean the visitors win Group 8.

Croatia confirmed their progress from UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 with a 2-0 victory away to second-placed Belgium in Mechelen.

Four-point advantage
The result gave Croatia a four-point advantage at the top of the four-team group with just one match left to play. Belgium, level with Bulgaria on seven points, have to defeat Estonia on 10 October to guarantee second place, while Bulgaria visit Croatia the same night and must hope they record a better result than the Belgians.

Two quick goals
Croatia effectively sealed all three points in six first-half minutes, after Gaby Mudingayi and Gregory Dufer had both narrowly failed to open the scoring. Defender Mario Lucic gave the visitors the lead in the 25th minute and, as the home side tried to regroup, midfield player Niko Kranjcar added a second five minutes later to give Croatia what proved to be an unassailable lead. Although Davy De Beule and Patrick Dimbala both had second-half chances for the home side, neither were able to find the net.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Croatia

Croatia

1
MardulierCliff Mardulier (GK)
1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
2
CornelisHans Cornelis
Substitution46
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
3
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
4
WilsStef Wils
4
JešeVedran Ješe
5
VervalleYannick Vervalle
5
LučićMario Lučić
Goal23
6
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
Yellow Card77
6
DrpićDino Drpić
Yellow Card89
7
DuferGrégory Dufer
Substitution90+1
7
TomićAnte Tomić
Substitution64
8
GeraertsKarel Geraerts (C)
8
RubilGoran Rubil (C)
9
VandenberghKevin Vandenbergh
9
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
Substitution80
10
De BeuleDavy De Beule
Substitution61
10
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Goal31
Substitution90
11
Djamba-shangoSerge Djamba-shango
11
CarevićMario Carević

Substitutes

12
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
12
ŠarlijaMarko Šarlija (GK)
13
SneldersKristof Snelders
13
BozicMile Bozic
14
HempteJimmy Hempte
14
CosicIvan Cosic
15
SwertsGill Swerts
Substitution46
15
BrkićKrešimir Brkić
Substitution90
16
VangeffelenStijn Vangeffelen
16
MikulićTomislav Mikulić
17
MartensMaarten Martens
Substitution90+1
17
ŠafarićNikola Šafarić
Substitution64
18
DimbalaPatrick Dimbala
Substitution61
18
ZahoraDario Zahora
Substitution80

Coach

Jean-François De Sart (BEL) Martin Novoselac (CRO)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Ingemar Larsson (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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