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Croatia keep up winning streak

Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 23.11CET
Croatia 2-1 Iceland Croatia maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying Group 8 by coming from behind.
Published: Friday 25 March 2005, 23.11CET

Croatia keep up winning streak

Croatia 2-1 Iceland Croatia maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying Group 8 by coming from behind.

By Elvir Islamovic

Croatia kept up their perfect record from four UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 fixtures, but visitors Iceland were only beaten by an 81st-minute goal.

Confident visitors
A very solid Iceland team made it difficult for the home side, taking a surprise lead through Ingvi Rafn Gudmundsson on 42 minutes. The away team also had a goal disallowed for offside before Croatia staged their recovery.

Vukman on target
Slaven Bilic's team crucially got back on level terms before half-time, Neven Vukman's shot finding the net having travelled through a crowd of players. And the home side secured a victory with just nine minutes left, Luka Modric crossing from the right side for Mladen Bartulovic to score the winner.

Comfortable lead
Three points clear of Denmark with a game in hand, Croatia can double that lead and move closer to the play-offs by defeating Malta on Tuesday. Iceland, now three points behind the Danes who overcame bottom team Kazakhstan today, return to action at home to Hungary on 3 June.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.33CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Iceland

Iceland

1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
1
HalldórssonBjarni Halldórsson
2
MišićJosip Mišić
2
HallfredssonEmil Hallfredsson
3
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution65
3
BjarnasonTryggvi Bjarnason
4
BodrušićDario Bodrušić
5
GislasonSteinthor Gislason
5
VukmanNeven Vukman
Goal45+1
4
G. T. GunnarssonGunnar Thor Gunnarsson
6
VučkoLuka Vučko
6
JonssonSolvi Geir Jonsson
7
ModrićLuka Modrić
7
KristjanssonSigmundur Kristjansson
Substitution69
8
TomićAnte Tomić (C)
8
SkúlasonÓlafur Skúlason (C)
Substitution86
9
PrimoracKarlo Primorac
9
H. SigurdssonHannes Sigurdsson
10
MarčićFilip Marčić
Yellow Card51
Substitution70
10
D. VidarssonDavíd Vidarsson
Substitution82
11
TadićJosip Tadić
Substitution73
11
GudmundssonIngvi Rafn Gudmundsson
Goal41

Substitutes

12
RadmanVelimir Radman (GK)
12
ThormarMagnús Thormar (GK)
13
LabudovićTomislav Labudović
13
ThorsteinssonSteinthor Thorsteinsson
14
ČorlukaVedran Ćorluka
14
ThórarinssonHjalmar Thórarinsson
Substitution86
15
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
15
SævarssonJónas Sævarsson
16
BartulovićMladen Bartulović
Substitution65
Goal80
16
MagnússonHelgi Magnússon
17
GrgurovićMario Grgurović
Substitution70
17
PálmasonPálmi Pálmason
Substitution82
18
ĆustićHrvoje Ćustić
Substitution73
18
ArnarssonViktor Bjarki Arnarsson
Substitution69

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Bülent Demirlek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Gemici Cemal Gemici (TUR), Alpaslan Dedeş (TUR)

Fourth official

Cem Deda (TUR)

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