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Slovakia scalp sends Croatia top

Published: Wednesday 18 November 2009, 15.45CET
Slovakia 1-2 Croatia
Domagoj Vida's late strike took the visitors to the top of Group 7 as they secured their fourth straight win to leapfrog their opponents.
Slovakia scalp sends Croatia top
Domagoj Vida (right) in action for Croatia Under-19s last year ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 18 November 2009, 15.45CET

Slovakia scalp sends Croatia top

Slovakia 1-2 Croatia
Domagoj Vida's late strike took the visitors to the top of Group 7 as they secured their fourth straight win to leapfrog their opponents.

Domagoj Vida's late strike took Croatia to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 7 as they triumphed 2-1 in Slovakia to leapfrog their opponents.

Strong lineup
As in their victory over Cyprus at the weekend, Croatia fielded a strong lineup and it was full internationals Ivan Rakitić and Nikola Kalinić who created the early danger in Zlate Moravce. FC Schalke 04 midfielder Rakitić actually missed from the penalty spot on 27 minutes following Martin Cseh's foul on Vida but made up for that lapse almost immediately, his brilliant pass setting up Kalinić to break the deadlock.

Maloča dismissal
The locals had to wait until three minutes before the break for their first real chance, Miroslav Stoch forcing Ivan Kelava to keep out his free-kick, but drew level three minutes after the restart when Jakub Sylvestr turned in substitute Róbert Mak's cross from the right. Dražen Ladić's charges nonetheless went on to claim their fourth straight victory when Vida collected a pass from Kalinić and scored. Despite losing Mario Maloča to a second yellow card in added time, Croatia held on and move two points clear of their hosts.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.49CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Croatia

Croatia

1
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
2
ČikošErik Čikoš
2
VidaDomagoj Vida
Goal86
3
JánošíkPeter Jánošík
Yellow Card40
3
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
4
PeciarTomáš Peciar
4
JajaloMato Jajalo (C)
Substitution60
5
CsehMartin Cseh
Substitution46
5
MaločaMario Maloča
Yellow Card42
Red Card90+3
6
ProcházkaRoman Procházka
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
7
BaranMartin Baran
7
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution72
8
GergelRoman Gergel
Yellow Card65
8
BadeljMilan Badelj
Yellow Card89
9
StochMiroslav Stoch
9
KalinićNikola Kalinić
Goal28
Substitution90
10
GrendelErik Grendel (C)
Substitution84
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Penalty27
11
SylvestrJakub Sylvestr
Goal48
Substitution69
11
OremušMirko Oremuš

Substitutes

12
ChudýMartin Chudý (GK)
12
AntolovićMarijan Antolović (GK)
13
JarabicaMarián Jarabica
13
KokalovićElvis Kokalović
14
KatonaPeter Katona
19
BarbarićTomislav Barbarić
Substitution90
15
K. KuzmaKamil Kuzma
Substitution84
15
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
Substitution72
16
MakRóbert Mak
Substitution46
16
K. LjubičićKrešo Ljubičić
Substitution60
17
KuzmaMarek Kuzma
17
OzobićFilip Ozobić
18
LačnýMiloš Lačný
Substitution69
18
KramarićAndrej Kramarić

Coach

Boris Kitka (SVK) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Mark Courtney (NIR)

Assistant referees

John McDowell (NIR), Paul Munn (NIR)

Fourth official

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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