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Qualifying round - Group 5

Latvia - Croatia
1-3
 

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Croatia clinch top spot with victory in Latvia

Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 20.07CET
Latvia 1-3 Croatia
Nenad Gracan's men won their final Group 5 fixture in Jelgava to guarantee top spot in the section and a play-off place.
by Dmitry Portnov
from Zemgales Olympic Centre
Croatia clinch top spot with victory in Latvia
Ante Rebić (right) scored Croatia's second from the penalty spot ©Ivan Klindić
 

Match statistics

Latvia
Croatia

1

Goals scored

3

7

Total attempts

18

3

on target

12

4

off target

4

0

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

1

Corners

7

2

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

0

23

Fouls committed

17

16

Fouls suffered

21

Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Croatia

Croatia

12Čižovs (GK)1Zelenika (GK)
3Flaksis (C)2Gorupec
Yellow Card36
4Barinovs3Milić
7D. Ikaunieks
Substitution49
4Župarić
Yellow Card36
Goal70
8Kazačoks
Substitution79
5Datković (C)
9Ulimbaševs
Yellow Card51
Substitution77
6Galović
10Ikaunieks7Pavičić
Yellow Card90+3
11Vorobjovs
Yellow Card34
9Perica
Substitution74
14E. Šlampe10Caktaš
Substitution62
17Gutkovskis
Goal55
11Rebić
Goal52
Yellow Card85
Substitution89
18Klimaševičs
Yellow Card52
16Bagarić
Goal48
Yellow Card61

Substitutes

1Varažinskis (GK)12Livaković (GK)
2Bērenfelds8J. Mišić
5Jermolajevs
Substitution49
13Prenga
6Kiriļins
Substitution77
14Čanadjija
13Stuglis15Rog
Substitution74
15Šadčins17Mišić
Substitution89
16Rei
Substitution79
18Ćorić
Substitution62

Coaches

Dainis Kazakevičs (LVA) Nenad Gracan (CRO)

Referee

Peter Kralović (SVK)

Standings

Last updated: 04/09/2014 01:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Wednesday 3 September 2014, 20.07CET

Croatia clinch top spot with victory in Latvia

Latvia 1-3 Croatia
Nenad Gracan's men won their final Group 5 fixture in Jelgava to guarantee top spot in the section and a play-off place.

Croatia secured a UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off spot as a three goals in a 22-minute spell helped Nenad Gracan's side claim victory in Jelgava.

Croatia travelled to Latvia knowing success would clinch top spot regardless of what happens when Ukraine play Switzerland on Thursday, but the hosts failed to take advantage of a good first-half display. Dražen Bagarić’s opener (48) and Ante Rebić’s spot-kick just four minutes later put the home side immediately on the back foot after the restart. Dario Župarić secured victory (70) after Latvia reduced the deficit with Vladislavs Gutkovskis's strike (55).

Antonio Milić and Stipe Perica were denied by Latvia goalkeeper Georgijs Čižovs as the visitors traded efforts with their opponents in the first-half. Jānis Ikaunieks and Gutkovskis missed good opportunities for Latvia before Croatia took control of the game in a devastating second-half spell as the hosts found themselves 2-0 down inside four minutes.

Bagarić scored after good work by Rebić who doubled the lead from the penalty-spot. Dario Župarić finished from close-range following another assist from Rebić, 15 minutes after what turned out to be a consolation goal for Latvia through Gutkovskis.

Last updated: 03/09/14 23.01CET

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