Cornaredo - Lugano 14/10/2013 - 18:30CET (18:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group 5

Switzerland - Croatia
0-2
 

Switzerland - Croatia 0-2 - 14/10/2013 - Match page - Under-21 2015

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Clinical Brozović helps Croatia punish Switzerland

Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 22.35CET
Switzerland 0-2 Croatia
Marcelo Brozović struck twice – the first a fine free-kick – as Croatia made their hosts pay for profligacy to move six points clear in Group 5.
by Alessandro Massimo
from Stadio Cornaredo
Clinical Brozović helps Croatia punish Switzerland
Marcelo Brozović celebrates one of his two goals in Lugano ©Keystone
 

Match statistics

Switzerland
Croatia

0

Goals scored

2

13

Total attempts

6

4

on target

4

5

off target

2

4

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

1

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

9

8

Fouls suffered

11

Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Croatia

Croatia

1Spiegel (GK)1Zelenika (GK)
2Widmer3Šimunović
3Benito (C)4Datković
4Lacroix6Radošević
5Ajeti
Yellow Card37
7Šitum
6Freuler8Brozović (C)
Goal38
Goal76
Substitution90
7Jevtic
Substitution74
9Rebić
Substitution45+1
8Martinelli13Močinić
9Ben Khalifa14Gorupec
10Buff
Substitution88
20Kovačić
Substitution70
11Khelifi
Substitution64
21Bubnjić

Substitutes

12Mvogo (GK)12Delač (GK)
14Martignoni5Župarić
15Decarli10Miličević
Substitution90
16Veloso
Substitution88
11Oršić
17Brahimi
Substitution74
15Mrzljak
Substitution70
18Frey
Substitution64
16Bručić
Substitution45+1
19Tabakovic19Miloš

Coaches

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Niko Kovač (CRO)

Referee

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

Standings

Last updated: 15/10/2013 08:12 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Monday 14 October 2013, 22.35CET

Clinical Brozović helps Croatia punish Switzerland

Switzerland 0-2 Croatia
Marcelo Brozović struck twice – the first a fine free-kick – as Croatia made their hosts pay for profligacy to move six points clear in Group 5.

Marcelo Brozović struck a goal in each half as Croatia weathered an early storm to move six points clear at the Group 5 summit with victory over their nearest rivals.

The home side created a number of gilt-edged chances in Lugano but lacked their opponents' cool heads in front of goal. Visiting captain Brozović, the GNK Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, showed them how it is done, breaking the deadlock just before half-time with a fine free-kick and sealing the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying spoils 14 minutes from time.

It all left Switzerland coach Pierluigi Tami with mixed emotions, admitting he saw "many positive things" bar the result. There was plenty to admire early on as his side fashioned real openings for Arlind Ajeti, a header just over the bar, and Oliver Buff, who missed when it seemed easier to score. Brozović punished the profligacy seven minutes before the break.

Not that Switzerland threw in the towel, jabbing back without ever really hurting Croatia. Substitute Michael Frey came closest with a powerful effort well saved by Oliver Zelenika and three minutes later it was 2-0 as Karlo Bručić made a fantastic run down the left, teeing up his skipper to convert from close range.

"Croatia are a good, experienced side with fantastic players like Ante Rebić and Mateo Kovačić," said Tami. "We played well but we made mistakes."

Last updated: 15/10/13 0.38CET

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