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Croatia in sight of play-off berth

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 18.21CET
Croatia 3-1 Latvia
The hosts prised open the door to the play-offs by easing to a win that takes them six points clear atop the Group 5 standings.
by Nenad Nevescanin
from Stadion Aldo Drosina
Croatia in sight of play-off berth
Marcelo Brozović was instrumental for Croatia ©Keystone

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Published: Tuesday 19 November 2013, 18.21CET

Croatia in sight of play-off berth

Croatia 3-1 Latvia
The hosts prised open the door to the play-offs by easing to a win that takes them six points clear atop the Group 5 standings.

Croatia eased to a 3-1 victory against Latvia and moved six points clear at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5 summit with two games to play.

First-half strikes from Tin Jedvaj, Marcelo Brozović and Stipe Perica put Nenad Gracan's team in a commanding position before Latvia forward Igors Rei reduced the deficit with nine minutes remaining. It proved too little, too late, however, as section frontrunners Croatia edged closer to a place in the play-offs.

The contest in Pula was four minutes old when full-back Jedvaj headed in captain Brozović's sumptuous centre. Perica was then felled in the area by visiting keeper Dmitrijs Grigorjevs and Brozović kept his composure from the spot. Not content with their lot, Perica made it three shortly after the half-hour, hurtling into the box and delicately lifting the ball over Grigorjevs.

Dainis Kazakevičs's visitors refused to cave in after half-time and were rewarded for their spirit on 81 minutes as substitute Rei found the net with a sublime free-kick for his second goal in qualifying. 

Last updated: 05/06/15 5.53CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Latvia

Latvia

12
DelačMatej Delač (GK)
1
GrigorjevsDmitrijs Grigorjevs (GK)
2
JedvajTin Jedvaj
Goal4
Yellow Card68
2
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis (C)
3
ŠimunovićJozo Šimunović
3
PlendišķisKarlis Plendišķis
4
DatkovićNiko Datković
4
BarinovsVitālijs Barinovs
6
RadoševićJosip Radošević
5
JokstsEdijs Joksts
Substitution83
7
ŠitumMario Šitum
7
KļuškinsGlebs Kļuškins
Yellow Card44
8
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović (C)
Goal8
9
UlimbaševsDaniils Ulimbaševs
9
PericaStipe Perica
Goal33
Substitution86
11
SavaļnieksRoberts Savaļnieks
Substitution73
13
MočinićIvan Močinić
Yellow Card87
13
GiļničsAleksejs Giļničs
Yellow Card68
14
Gorupec Toni Gorupec
14
ČistjakovsValerijs Čistjakovs
17
MišićPetar Mišić
Yellow Card45
Substitution71
15
ŠadčinsIlja Šadčins
Yellow Card30
Substitution77

Substitutes

22
SlugaSimon Sluga (GK)
12
VaražinskisRaivo Varažinskis (GK)
5
ŽuparićDario Župarić
6
LoginovsArtjoms Loginovs
15
MrzljakFilip Mrzljak
8
ReiIgors Rei
Substitution73
Goal81
16
BručićKarlo Bručić
10
KiriļinsAndrejs Kiriļins
18
PjacaMarko Pjaca
16
HmizsDmitrijs Hmizs
19
MilošMato Miloš
Substitution71
18
LonščakovsArtjoms Lonščakovs
Substitution77
23
ČulinaAntonini Čulina
Substitution86
20
GucsToms Gucs
Substitution83

Coach

Nenad Gracan (CRO) Dainis Kazakevičs (LVA)

Referee

Jonathan Lardot (BEL)

Assistant referees

Danny Huens (BEL), Christophe Berbiers (BEL)

Fourth official

Tim Pots (BEL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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