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Spain get the better of Croatia once again

Published: Thursday 6 October 2011, 23.35CET
Croatia 0-2 Spain
Koke and Rodrigo were on target as the visitors, who beat Croatia 12 months ago in the play-offs, chalked up a third consecutive Group 5 win.
Spain get the better of Croatia once again
Luis Milla's Spain are sitting pretty atop Group 5 ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 6 October 2011, 23.35CET

Spain get the better of Croatia once again

Croatia 0-2 Spain
Koke and Rodrigo were on target as the visitors, who beat Croatia 12 months ago in the play-offs, chalked up a third consecutive Group 5 win.

Holders Spain recorded their third win in as many UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 5 qualifiers thanks to a 2-0 victory in Croatia.

Spain booked their place at the 2011 finals by eliminating Croatia in the play-offs 12 months ago but would have been behind early on in their return to the country had Ante Vukušić beaten David de Gea with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Instead, Koke punished confusion in the Croatia defence after 18 minutes with a simple finish from close range. With the visitors dominating − they had almost 70% of possession at one stage in the first half − Rodrigo made the points safe 12 minutes into the second period, applying the finish to match a fantastic assist from Isco.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Spain

Spain

1
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK) (C)
2
AntolićDomagoj Antolić
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
3
ŽuparićDario Župarić
3
PlanasCarles Planas
4
PunčecRoberto Punčec
Yellow Card13
Substitution46
4
Iñigo MartínezIñigo Martínez
5
KelićRenato Kelić
5
AmatJordi Amat
6
PavlovićMateo Pavlović
Yellow Card37
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
8
Mateo KovačićMateo Kovačić
7
MuniainIker Muniain
9
VukušićAnte Vukušić (C)
Substitution57
8
KokeKoke
Goal18
10
ŠitumMario Šitum
9
RodrigoRodrigo
Goal57
Substitution79
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Yellow Card66
10
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution87
19
ČopDuje Čop
Substitution70
11
IscoIsco
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
VasiljMarko Vasilj (GK)
13
JoelJoel (GK)
7
VujičevićDario Vujičević
Substitution46
12
MalloMallo
11
LendrićIvan Lendrić
Substitution57
14
ÁlvaroÁlvaro
13
ŠkvorcDino Škvorc
15
PachecoDaniel Pacheco
Substitution87
15
PaurevićIvan Paurević
16
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos
Substitution73
17
Kukoč-PetraelloTonći Kukoč-Petraello
Substitution70
17
Álvaro VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Substitution79
18
TičinovićMario Tičinović

Coach

Ivan Šušak (CRO) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

Steven McLean (SCO)

Assistant referees

George Drummond (SCO), Derek Rose (SCO)

Fourth official

John Beaton (SCO)

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