Stadion Maksimir - Zagreb 22/03/2013 - 18:00CET (18:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

Croatia - Serbia
2-0
 

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Croatia too strong for Serbia in Zagreb

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 21.07CET
Croatia 2-0 Serbia
First-half goals from Mario Mandžukić and Ivica Olić earned Croatia the Group A spoils in the first ever meeting between these sides.
by Elvir Islamović
from Zagreb
Croatia too strong for Serbia in Zagreb
Ivica Olić scores Croatia's second goal in Zagreb ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Croatia
Serbia

2

Goals scored

0

10

Total attempts

6

6

Attempts on target

4

3

off target

1

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

5

2

Offsides

0

0

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

26

26

Fouls suffered

19

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Serbia

Serbia

1Pletikosa (GK)23Brkić (GK)
2Strinić
82
3Stevanović
57
3Šimunić5Nastasić
4Kovačić6Ivanović (C)
5Čorluka7Z. Tošić
7Rakitić9Šćepović
9
10Modrić11Kolarov
36
11Srna (C)13Radovanović
17Mandžukić
23
17Ignjovski
75
18Olić
37
83
19Djuričić
19Kranjčar
63
20Subotić
85

Substitutes

23Subašić (GK)1Stojković (GK)
12Krešić (GK)12Aleksić (GK)
6Lovren
82
2Rukavina
8Vukojević
83
4Krstičić
9Jelavić8Petrović
75
90+1
13Schildenfeld10Tadić
57
14N. Kalinić14Rajković
15Sammir15Fejsa
16Badelj16Milivojević
20Petrić18Basta
21Vida
63
21F. Djordjević
9
22Eduardo22Djurdić

Coaches

Igor Štimac (CRO) Siniša Mihajlović (SRB)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 21.07CET

Croatia too strong for Serbia in Zagreb

Croatia 2-0 Serbia
First-half goals from Mario Mandžukić and Ivica Olić earned Croatia the Group A spoils in the first ever meeting between these sides.

First-half goals from Mario Mandžukić and Ivica Olić earned Croatia the FIFA World Cup qualifying spoils against Serbia in Zagreb in a game billed the 'match of the decade' in the local media.

There were 35,000 home fans at the Stadion Maksimir for the first ever meeting between these Balkan neighbours and they got the result they wanted as the hosts' clinical finishing brought a 2-0 victory. Mandžukić made the most of an Aleksandar Kolarov error midway through the first half and Olić doubled the lead before the break. Serbia could not conjure a reply and now trail their opponents and Group A leaders by nine points.

"We gave our best in this fantastic atmosphere," said Mateo Kovačić. "We managed to win and are incredibly happy now. It's time to celebrate." The 18-year-old FC Internazionale Milano midfielder starred on his debut, playing 90 minutes of a tense encounter. He was busy early on as the ball pinged around the middle of the pitch before a misplaced Kolarov pass let Croatia in.

Ivan Rakitić seized upon it, feeding Olić on the right and his pass to the far post picked out Mandžukić; the FC Bayern München striker found the net from close range. Fourteen minutes later the home side had a two-goal cushion as Olić peeled off marker Branislav Ivanović to meet Darijo Srna's deep diagonal cross from the right with his chest, bundling it in.

Srna had begun the evening with a short ceremony for him, Josip Šimunić and Stipe Pletikosa to recognise the trio reaching 100 caps last month. Serbia could do nothing to spoil the celebrations in the second half, Zoran Tošić and Filip Djordjević, a ninth-minute replacement for Marko Šćepović, missing opportunities to reduce the deficit.

Last updated: 08/05/14 6.10CET

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