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Rukavina double downs Greece

Published: Saturday 17 November 2007, 17.31CET
Greece 3-4 Croatia Ante Rukavina scored two late goals as Croatia came from behind to win a thriller in Athens.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Athens
Rukavina double downs Greece
Croatia had Ante Rukavina to thank for victory ©UEFA.com
Published: Saturday 17 November 2007, 17.31CET

Rukavina double downs Greece

Greece 3-4 Croatia Ante Rukavina scored two late goals as Croatia came from behind to win a thriller in Athens.

Ante Rukavina scored two late goals as Croatia came from behind to defeat Greece 4-3 in Athens and move to within a point of Group 1 leaders Italy.

Early goal
The visitors took the lead after five minutes through Kreso Ljubicić but were pegged back in the 32nd when Antonios Petropoulos scored from close range. Croatia went in front again just before half-time when Tomislvav Busić capitalised on some poor defending, and were pegged back again just after the restart as Theodoros Tripotseris headed the ball in.

Late twist
Greece went in front for the first time in the 65th minute as Elini Dimoutsos impressively connected with a Christos Aravidis corner, although there was plenty of time for Rukavina to have his say. The HNK Hajduk Split forward first levelled with a right-footed shot (79) before wrapping up the points in the 83rd when evading the home defence and drilling in low with his left foot.

Albania next
Croatia have 15 points from seven games, meaning Italy are still well placed with 16 points from six. Greece, third in the section, return to action against Albania on Wednesday.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.55CET

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Lineups

Greece

Greece

Croatia

Croatia

6
BalafasSotiris Balafas
Yellow Card51
9
BušićTomislav Bušić (C)
Goal42
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
8
DinjarMarko Dinjar
7
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution46
3
PamićManuel Pamić
Yellow Card29
8
MakosGrigoris Makos (C)
Yellow Card8
7
TadićJosip Tadić
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
Yellow Card31
9
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Goal31
Substitution65
2
VidaDomagoj Vida
3
TripotserisTheodoros Tripotseris
Goal47
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
4
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
4
JajaloMato Jajalo
Substitution90+1
11
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Goal66
Substitution79
5
BakovićDuje Baković
Yellow Card70
5
MonikakisEmmanouil Monikakis
10
K. LjubičićKrešo Ljubičić
Goal4
Substitution73
1
KiriakidisDimitrios Kiriakidis (GK)
11
Tomasov Marin Tomasov
Substitution46

Substitutes

18
AravidisChristos Aravidis
Substitution46
18
GabrićDrago Gabrić
15
IliadisStilianos Iliadis
14
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution73
Goal81
Goal84
17
PlovdisVassilios Plovdis
13
PuljićAnte Puljić
13
RikkaAntonis Rikka
Substitution79
15
D. DžidićDamir Džidić
Substitution90+1
12
PanagopoulosLeonidas Panagopoulos (GK)
16
M. LjubičićMarin Ljubičić
Substitution46
Yellow Card60
16
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution65
12
JezinaAntonijo Jezina (GK)
14
MarinosStergos Marinos
17
GrgicMarko Grgic

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Edwin de Vree (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

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