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Croatia keep hold of top spot

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 2.45CET
Croatia 4-1 Norway
Two goals in the final eight minutes rubber-stamped a win which keeps Dražen Ladić's side two points clear at the Group 7 summit.
by Nenad Nevescanin
from NK Varteks Stadium
Croatia keep hold of top spot
Dejan Lovren scored twice for Croatia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CroatiaNorway

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners5
 
5
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 13:45 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 2.45CET

Croatia keep hold of top spot

Croatia 4-1 Norway
Two goals in the final eight minutes rubber-stamped a win which keeps Dražen Ladić's side two points clear at the Group 7 summit.

Croatia remain two points clear at the top of Group 7 of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying following a 4-1 victory against Norway.

Slovakia's 2-1 win against Serbia meant Dražen Ladić's side also needed to triumph to remain in the ascendancy and two goals in the final eight minutes eased them to victory. They went 2-0 up in the opening 25 minutes through Dejan Lovren and Mato Jajalo but Markus Henriksen's strike seven minutes after half-time put Norway back in contention. Lovren eased home nerves eight minutes from time, though, and Damir Kreilach added a fourth in the final minute to keep Croatia two points clear ahead of their final group game in Serbia on 4 September.

Lovren had put the home side in front with just three minutes on the clock when he headed in a corner from Antun Palić, who then laid on Jajalo for a well-taken second. Norway captain Thomas Rogne was forced off injured soon after, but the visitors dug deep and halved their arrears courtesy of Henriksen's superb finish from outside the area.

Tor Ole Skullerund's side sensed a point was there for the taking, Henriksen going close to doubling his tally, but slack defending from a corner allowed Lovren to steal in and restore the two-goal cushion. Kreilach's thunderous strike ensured the win.

"The early goal by Lovren made it easier for us and I felt like we should have been more than 2-0 up at half-time," said Ladić. "The boys were already exhausted by the heat at half-time so I'm happy that we managed to win."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.44CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Norway

Norway

1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
1
StawLasse Staw (GK)
2
VidaDomagoj Vida
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
3
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
4
RogneThomas Rogne (C)
Substitution26
4
JajaloMato Jajalo (C)
Goal25
6
LekvenMagnus Lekven
5
MaločaMario Maloča
9
ParrJonathan Parr
Yellow Card60
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
Goal3
Goal82
11
ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
7
OremušMirko Oremuš
Substitution65
13
HovlandEven Hovland
8
PalićAntun Palić
Yellow Card39
Substitution46
16
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
Goal52
9
VukušićAnte Vukušić
17
BørnfsenEspen Børnfsen
Substitution76
10
BadeljMilan Badelj
18
HøilandTommy Høiland
11
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution89
21
Orry LarsenPeter Orry Larsen
Substitution62

Substitutes

12
AntolovićMarijan Antolović (GK)
12
GrytebustSten Grytebust (GK)
13
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
5
ThomassenJoachim Thomassen
Substitution62
14
PunčecRoberto Punčec
10
StokkelienMads Stokkelien
Substitution76
Yellow Card80
15
KreilachDamir Kreilach
Substitution46
Yellow Card65
Goal90
19
ForrenVegard Forren
Substitution26
Yellow Card45
16
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
Substitution89
20
SimonsenMagne Simonsen
17
AbdurahimiBesart Abdurahimi
Substitution65
22
KhaliliAram Khalili
18
SantiniIvan Santini

Coach

Dražen Ladić (CRO) Tor Ole Skullerud (NOR)

Referee

João Ferreira (POR)

Assistant referees

Venâncio Tomé (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Marco Ferreira (POR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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