The official website for European football

Impressive Croatia march on

Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 21.04CET
Croatia 1-0 Malta A Josip Tadic goal makes it five victories from five matches for Slaven Bilic's men.
Published: Tuesday 29 March 2005, 21.04CET

Impressive Croatia march on

Croatia 1-0 Malta A Josip Tadic goal makes it five victories from five matches for Slaven Bilic's men.

By Elvir Islamovic

Croatia made it five wins from five matches in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 thanks to Josip Tadic's second-half goal.

Staunch Maltese defending
The Croatians are thriving under coach Slaven Bilic, and dominated the game in Velika Gorica as they bid to take another step towards the 2006 finals. However, they struggled to break down a strong Maltese defence and it took an inspired half-time substitution from Bilic to find a way through.

Substitution pays dividends
The coach swapped Leon Benko with Mario Grgurovic, and it was the latter who provided the left-wing cross from which Tadic scored in the 54th minute. Despite numerous opportunities to add to their lead against second-from-bottom Malta, Croatia had to be content with the single-goal victory that took them six points clear at the top of Group 8.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.32CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1910/match=74439/postmatch/report/index.html#impressive+croatia+march

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Malta

Malta

1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
1
GauciReuben Gauci (GK)
2
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
2
MuscatAlex Muscat
3
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution46
3
BajadaShaun Bajada
4
BodrušićDario Bodrušić
Yellow Card28
4
TellusShaun Tellus
5
VukmanNeven Vukman
5
MiwtoffRyan Miwtoff
6
VučkoLuka Vučko
Yellow Card84
6
SciberrasGareth Sciberras (C)
7
ModrićLuka Modrić (C)
7
CiliaTrevor Cilia
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
8
CassarChristian Cassar
Substitution46
9
PrimoracKarlo Primorac
Substitution64
9
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution79
10
GrgurovićMario Grgurović
10
FrendoCleavon Frendo
11
TadićJosip Tadić
Goal50
Substitution90
11
FalzonDyson Falzon
Yellow Card68
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
RadmanVelimir Radman (GK)
12
B. ParisBernard Paris (GK)
13
LabudovićTomislav Labudović
13
AgiusAndré Agius
Substitution46
14
GalIgor Gal
14
ScerriTerence Scerri
Substitution79
15
CesarecDanijel Cesarec
Substitution64
15
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
16
BartulovićMladen Bartulović
Substitution46
16
CamenzuliDavid Camenzuli
17
MišićJosip Mišić
17
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
Substitution68
18
ĆustićHrvoje Ćustić
Substitution90
18
P. FenechPaul Fenech

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Mark Miller (ENG)

Referee

Pavel Olšiak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Tomaš Somolani (SVK), Radomir Sluk (SVK)

Fourth official

Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.