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Vukušić inspires Croatia to Estonia double

Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 20.49CET
Croatia 4-0 Estonia
Captain Ante Vukušić received a standing ovation after his two goals inspired Croatia to a comfortable victory against winless Estonia in qualifying Group 5.
by Nenad Nevescanin
from Stadion Aldo Drosina
Vukušić inspires Croatia to Estonia double
Duje Čop opened the scoring in Croatia's 4-0 win ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 14 November 2011, 20.49CET

Vukušić inspires Croatia to Estonia double

Croatia 4-0 Estonia
Captain Ante Vukušić received a standing ovation after his two goals inspired Croatia to a comfortable victory against winless Estonia in qualifying Group 5.

A goal from captain Ante Vukušić in each half led Croatia to their second victory in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5 as they completed the double over rock-bottom Estonia.

Duje Čop and substitute Arijan Ademi added to the HNK Hajduk Split forward's double, leaving the visitors winless after four games. Estonia's best chance came early on, when Mateo Pavlović misjudged a long ball but Hannes Anier could not convert a one-on-one situation with Lovre Kalinić.

They paid for that miss moments later. Goalkeeper Marko Meerits spilled a cross on 14 minutes and Čop gratefully tapped in from close range. Scorer turned provider for the second, sending through the 20-year-old Vukušić to smash in before the break.

Ademi made it three with a quarter of an hour left and when Meerits parried Ivan Paurević's powerful drive after 81 minutes, Vukušić reacted sharpest to take advantage. The captain was given a standing ovation as the teams left the field and Estonia will be glad to see the back of the forward who also scored the only goal when the sides met in Tartu on 10 October.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Estonia

Estonia

1
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
1
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK)
2
JakolišAntonio Jakoliš
Yellow Card30
2
VeisAndrei Veis
4
ŠarićTomislav Šarić
Yellow Card69
3
PeitreMeelis Peitre
Yellow Card26
5
KelićRenato Kelić
4
JahhimovitšAleksei Jahhimovitš
6
PavlovićMateo Pavlović
5
ArtjuninArtjom Artjunin
8
ŠovšićDamir Šovšić
Substitution62
6
TennoSiim Tenno
9
VukušićAnte Vukušić (C)
Goal42
Goal81
Substitution83
7
PodholjuzinMaksim Podholjuzin
Substitution75
10
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution73
8
PebreAndero Pebre
Substitution46
15
PaurevićIvan Paurević
9
Henri AnierHenri Anier (C)
Yellow Card29
Substitution46
18
TičinovićMario Tičinović
10
PaponovMaksim Paponov
19
ČopDuje Čop
Goal14
11
Hannes AnierHannes Anier

Substitutes

12
DelačMatej Delač (GK)
12
ToomMait Toom (GK)
3
ŠtiglecDino Štiglec
13
LiivamägiElvis Liivamägi
Substitution46
7
AdemiArijan Ademi
Substitution62
Goal75
14
ReintamMikk Reintam
13
ŠkvorcDino Škvorc
15
KaljumäeMarek Kaljumäe
14
OzobićFilip Ozobić
16
TaarAlbert Taar
16
SliškovićPetar Slišković
Substitution83
17
KaldojaKaspar Kaldoja
Substitution75
17
GlavicaDejan Glavica
Substitution73
18
ProsaAlbert Prosa
Substitution46

Coach

Ivan Šušak (CRO) Frank Bernhardt (GER)

Referee

Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)

Assistant referees

Serhiy Bekker (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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