Zemgales Olympic Centre - Jelgava 03/09/2014 - 16:00CET (17:00 local timelocal)

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
36
4Barinovs3A. Milić
7D. Ikaunieks
49
4Župarić
36
70
8Kazačoks
79
5Datković (C)
9Ulimbaševs
51
77
6Galović
10Ikaunieks7Pavičić
90+3
11Vorobjovs
34
9Perica
74
14E. Šlampe10Caktaš
62
17Gutkovskis
55
11Rebić
52
85
89
18Klimaševičs
52
16Bagarić
48
61

Substitutes

1Varažinskis (GK)12Livaković (GK)
2Bērenfelds8J. Mišić
5Jermolajevs
49
13Prenga
6Kiriļins
77
14Čanadjija
13Stuglis15Rog
74
15Šadčins17Mišić
89
16Rei
79
18Ćorić
62

Coaches

Dainis Kazakevičs (LVA)
Nenad Gracan (CRO)

Referee

Peter Kralović (SVK)

Standings

  
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: 04/06/15 4.29CET

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