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Croatia sink Liechtenstein to go top

Published: Thursday 10 October 2013, 21.20CET
Croatia 4-0 Liechtenstein
Two goals from Mario Šitum set Niko Kovač's side on the way to a third straight win which lifts them to the Group 5 summit.
by Nenad Nevescanin
from Zagreb
Croatia sink Liechtenstein to go top
Mario Šitum (centre) scored twice for Croatia ©Yevhen Kraws

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Published: Thursday 10 October 2013, 21.20CET

Croatia sink Liechtenstein to go top

Croatia 4-0 Liechtenstein
Two goals from Mario Šitum set Niko Kovač's side on the way to a third straight win which lifts them to the Group 5 summit.

Croatia made it three wins from three in Group 5 as a pair of strikes from Mario Šitum teed up a comfortable win against Liechtenstein in Zagreb.

The No7 struck twice inside the opening 22 minutes, before captain Marcelo Brozović added a third on the stroke of half-time. Mislav Oršić rounded off the scoring after the break, meaning Niko Kovač's team go into Monday's encounter with Switzerland having yet to concede.

A Brozović double in the sides' initial meeting in August shaped a 5-0 win, and he was swiftly into the action again, setting up Šitum for the opener on 14 minutes. An error by visiting goalkeeper Lorenzo Lo Russo eight minutes later presented the forward with the simplest of finishes, before Brozović curled in a free-kick with pinpoint accuracy.

Oršić could not miss after being set up by substitute Marko Pajač shortly after the hour, leaving coach Kovač satisfied at the final whistle. "I wanted my team to solve everything by half-time, which they did," he said. "I am expecting a totally different match in Switzerland – tougher, more aggressive. I still think Switzerland and Ukraine are favorites in this group."

Last updated: 05/06/15 8.29CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

12
DelačMatej Delač (GK)
1
Lo RussoLorenzo Lo Russo (GK)
2
MilošMato Miloš
2
EberleFabian Eberle (C)
4
DatkovićNiko Datković
3
MalinAndreas Malin
5
ŽuparićDario Župarić
4
FoserPascal Foser
7
ŠitumMario Šitum
Goal14
Goal22
Substitution46
5
MaagStefan Maag
8
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović (C)
Goal44
Substitution46
6
ZimmermannSamuel Zimmermann
Substitution71
10
MiličevićHrvoje Miličević
7
KühneSimon Kühne
Substitution90+3
11
OršićMislav Oršić
Goal65
Yellow Card69
Substitution74
8
OspeltPhilipp Ospelt
Yellow Card62
15
MrzljakFilip Mrzljak
Yellow Card78
9
KieberNiklas Kieber
Substitution89
16
BručićKarlo Bručić
10
FlatzVinzenz Flatz
20
ČulinaAntonini Čulina
11
BrändleDaniel Brändle

Substitutes

1
ZelenikaOliver Zelenika (GK)
12
P. MarxerPirmin Marxer (GK)
3
ŠimunovićJozo Šimunović
13
WegmannSandro Wegmann
Substitution90+3
6
RadoševićJosip Radošević
14
SeleMathias Sele
Substitution71
13
MočinićIvan Močinić
Substitution46
15
ElmerDaniel Elmer
14
Gorupec Toni Gorupec
16
KollmannNicola Kollmann
18
MlinarFrano Mlinar
Substitution74
17
BeckSebastian Beck
21
PajačMarko Pajač
Substitution46
18
VogtManuel Vogt
Substitution89

Coach

Niko Kovač (CRO) Heinz Fuchsbichler (LIE)

Referee

Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)

Assistant referees

Mehman Mahmudov (AZE), Vagif Musayev (AZE)

Fourth official

Anar Salmanov (AZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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