Stadion Aldo Drosina - Pula 14/11/2013 - 18:45CET (18:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group 5

Croatia - Switzerland
0-2
 

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Switzerland end Croatia's perfect run

Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 22.00CET
Croatia 0-2 Switzerland
The visitors ended their hosts perfect Group 5 record to move within three points of Nenad Gracan's side at the summit.
by Nenad Nevescanin
from Stadion Aldo Drosina
Switzerland end Croatia's perfect run
Pierluigi Tami's side inflicted a first Group 5 defeat on Croatia ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Croatia
Switzerland

0

Goals scored

2

11

Total attempts

9

5

on target

6

5

off target

2

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

6

1

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

10

10

Fouls suffered

12

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1Zelenika (GK)
Substitution22
1Mvogo (GK)
2Jedvaj2Widmer
4Datković3Martignoni
Yellow Card57
Substitution81
6Radošević4Lacroix
8Brozović (C)
Penalty80
5Decarli
Yellow Card80
13Močinić
Yellow Card43
6Buff
14Gorupec7Jevtic
Goal47
Substitution76
16Bručić
Substitution52
8Freuler
17Mišić9Ben Khalifa (C)
18Pjaca
Substitution85
10Frey
Goal19
21Bubnjić
Yellow Card27
11Khelifi
Substitution68

Substitutes

12Delač (GK)
Substitution22
12Spiegel (GK)
3Šimunović14Bauer
Substitution81
5Župarić15Djimsiti
7Šitum
Substitution85
16Bertone
Substitution76
9Perica
Substitution52
17Brahimi
15Mrzljak18Veloso
Substitution68
19Miloš19Tabakovic

Coaches

Nenad Gracan (CRO) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Standings

Last updated: 15/11/2013 09:12 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 22.00CET

Switzerland end Croatia's perfect run

Croatia 0-2 Switzerland
The visitors ended their hosts perfect Group 5 record to move within three points of Nenad Gracan's side at the summit.

Switzerland brought Croatia's perfect record in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5 to an end with victory in Pula.

Having won four out of four without conceding, Croatia will have been full of confidence ahead of Switzerland's visit, however, Michael Frey set about upsetting the form book with the opening goal in the 19th minute. Pierluigi Tami's charges were firmly in control when Darko Jevtic struck a second just two minutes after the break, although they had a missed Marcelo Brozović penalty to thank for saving them from a tense finale. Switzerland are now just three points behind section leaders Croatia with a game in hand.

The visitors attacked from the start and took the lead when Remo Freuler directed a corner from the left towards goal and Frey arrived unmarked at the back post to tap in. Croatia suffered another blow just three minutes later when goalkeeper Oliver Zelenika had to come off with an injury.

Switzerland continued their positive outlook after half-time and winger Jevtic made it 2-0 with a turn of pace to burst past two defenders and a cool finish. Stipe Perica almost gave the hosts a lifeline but Switzerland goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo repelled his effort. Mvogo's best was still to come, however, as the custodian saved Brozović's spot kick ten minutes from time after Saulo Decarli was penalised for handball.

"We were unlucky in Switzerland, we attacked all the time and created chances but we lost," said goalscorer Jevtic about the return fixture a month ago. "This time it was completely opposite. Croatia missed a few chances and we won against a very strong side. They have many good players, especially captain Marcelo Brozović. He's such a fine player."

Croatia coach Nenad Gracan added: "It was hard for us to come back after that defensive error before the second Swiss goal. We managed to create a couple of very good chances, though, and even had penalty but we didn't score. Bad luck."

Last updated: 15/11/13 0.13CET

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