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Croatia cruise to success away to Ukraine

Published: Monday 9 September 2013, 20.45CET
Ukraine 0-2 Croatia
Ante Rebić and Marcelo Brozović scored early on to set Niko Kovač's visitors on course for three points that maintains their 100% start.
by Kostiantyn Patkevych
from Arena Lviv
Croatia cruise to success away to Ukraine
Ukraine's Ruslan Malinovskiy chases Croatia's Mateo Kovačić ©Yevhen Kraws

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Published: Monday 9 September 2013, 20.45CET

Croatia cruise to success away to Ukraine

Ukraine 0-2 Croatia
Ante Rebić and Marcelo Brozović scored early on to set Niko Kovač's visitors on course for three points that maintains their 100% start.

Croatia's impressive start to Group 5 continued as a pair of early goals helped Niko Kovač's side to a comfortable win in Lviv.

Ante Rebić broke the deadlock on 14 minutes and Marcelo Brozović quickly made it 2-0 as the visitors made it two wins from two in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying; they are yet to concede. Ukraine offered little in what was their opening game and must respond when they visit Latvia on 14 October.

Croatia started brightly, opening up with a series of rapid, probing attacks. It was no surprise when they went ahead in the 16th minute as Mateo Kovačić found Rebić with a fine long pass and the No9 shrugged off his defender to fire into the net. Goalscorer then turned provider, slipping through into the path of Brozović who made no mistake.

Rebić struck the crossbar on the stroke of half-time as Croatia continued to run the show. Ukraine offered little of substance after the break and only good work from Artur Denchuk prevented Josip Radošević from making it three. Yet two were more than enough.

Last updated: 05/06/15 9.34CET

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Lineups

Ukraine

Ukraine

Croatia

Croatia

23
DenchukArtur Denchuk (GK)
1
ZelenikaOliver Zelenika (GK)
Yellow Card65
3
OrdetsIvan Ordets
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko (C)
4
KaravayevOleksandr Karavayev
Substitution46
3
ŠimunovićJozo Šimunović
6
BolbatSerhiy Bolbat
Substitution80
5
ŽuparićDario Župarić
7
TsurikovAndriy Tsurikov
Yellow Card85
6
RadoševićJosip Radošević
8
NoyokOleksandr Noyok (C)
Yellow Card53
8
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Goal19
9
KalitvintsevVladyslav Kalitvintsev
9
RebićAnte Rebić
Goal16
Substitution78
10
BabenkoRuslan Babenko
Substitution46
14
Gorupec Toni Gorupec
Yellow Card51
13
NasonovOleksandr Nasonov
17
MišićPetar Mišić
Substitution66
17
BokhashviliIevgen Bokhashvili
19
PjacaMarko Pjaca
19
NepliakhYevhen Nepliakh
20
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution86

Substitutes

12
GalchukYevgen Galchuk (GK)
12
DelačMatej Delač (GK)
5
RyzhukDmytro Ryzhuk
7
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution66
11
AkulininLeonid Akulinin
10
MiličevićHrvoje Miličević
14
MalinovskiyRuslan Malinovskiy
Substitution46
11
OršićMislav Oršić
16
Ozarkiv Igor Ozarkiv
13
MočinićIvan Močinić
Substitution86
21
KulachVladyslav Kulach
Substitution46
Yellow Card56
15
MrzljakFilip Mrzljak
Substitution78
22
ChurkoVyacheslav Churko
Substitution80
16
BručićKarlo Bručić

Coach

Serhiy Kovalets (UKR) Niko Kovač (CRO)

Referee

Athenasios Giachos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Dimitris Tatsis (GRE)

Fourth official

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

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