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Point earns Croatia progress

Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 21.00CET
Serbia 2-2 Croatia
Croatia clinched first place in Group 7 and a play-off berth after two Ivan Perišić goals gave them the point they needed.
by Ivan Vjetrović
from Cika Daca stadium
Point earns Croatia progress
Serbia's Marko Jovanović (left) takes on Dejan Školnik ©UEFA.com
Published: Saturday 4 September 2010, 21.00CET

Point earns Croatia progress

Serbia 2-2 Croatia
Croatia clinched first place in Group 7 and a play-off berth after two Ivan Perišić goals gave them the point they needed.

Croatia secured the point they needed to reach the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after getting the point they needed to win qualifying Group 7.

Two points clear of Slovakia at kick-off, Croatia knew a draw in their final game would give them an unassailable advantage due to their head-to-head advantage over the second-placed side, who play Norway on Tuesday. And two Ivan Perišić goals made sure of that even though Filip Duričić equalised with eight minutes left to confirm third position for Serbia.

The home side led on three minutes when Miloš Bosančić found Stefan Šćepović, who beat two Croatia players and lobbed Ivan Kelava. However, nine minutes later Dejan Školnik's corner was turned in by Perišić, and they combined in identical style to make it 2-1 just past the half-hour in similar style, the Club Brugge KV midfielder heading past Branislav Danilović

Marko Jovanović's unselfish cut back to substitute Duričić, who had come on just four minutes earlier, ensured points were shared but Croatia can look forward to Friday's play-off draw., in which Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Greece are already assured places They are just one two-legged tie in October away from next June's finals in Denmark.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.42CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2011/matches/round=2000006/match=2000171/postmatch/report/index.html#point+earns+croatia+progress

Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Croatia

Croatia

12
DanilovićBranislav Danilović (GK)
1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
2
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
2
VidaDomagoj Vida
3
LekovićNikola Leković
3
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
Yellow Card45+1
5
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković (C)
Yellow Card43
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
Goal12
Goal31
Substitution70
6
SavićVujadin Savić
5
MaločaMario Maloča
7
BosančićMiloš Bosančić
Yellow Card74
Substitution78
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
9
S. ŠćepovićStefan Šćepović
Goal3
Yellow Card90+1
7
OremušMirko Oremuš
Substitution90+2
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
8
JajaloMato Jajalo (C)
Yellow Card15
11
TadićDušan Tadić
Substitution62
9
ŠimićMarko Šimić
15
MilanovićMilan Milanović
10
BadeljMilan Badelj
16
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
Substitution46
11
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
Substitution75

Substitutes

1
DmitrovićMarko Dmitrović (GK)
12
AntolovićMarijan Antolović (GK)
4
MedojevićSlobodan Medojević
13
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
8
IgnjovskiAleksandar Ignjovski
14
PunčecRoberto Punčec
13
StevanovićSiniša Stevanović
15
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution75
14
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Substitution78
Goal82
Yellow Card82
16
OzobićFilip Ozobić
Substitution90+2
17
StanojevićMarko Stanojević
Substitution46
17
KreilachDamir Kreilach
Substitution70
18
MarinkovićNenad Marinković
Substitution62
18
SantiniIvan Santini

Coach

Tomislav Sivić (SRB) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Lee Probert (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Scott Ledger (ENG)

Fourth official

Paul Tierney (ENG)

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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