Gradski vrt - Osijek 16/10/2012 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

Croatia - Wales
2-0
 

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Classy Croatia cruise past Wales

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.02CET
Croatia 2-0 Wales
Mario Mandžukić and Eduardo scored in each half as Igor Štimac's side continued their push at the top of qualifying Group A.
Classy Croatia cruise past Wales
Mario Mandžukić and Eduardo celebrate the latter's goal as Croatia make it 2-0 in Osijek ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Croatia
Wales

2

Goals scored

0

27

Total attempts

6

14

Attempts on target

4

8

off target

2

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

2

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

11

11

Fouls suffered

9

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:34 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.02CET

Classy Croatia cruise past Wales

Croatia 2-0 Wales
Mario Mandžukić and Eduardo scored in each half as Igor Štimac's side continued their push at the top of qualifying Group A.

Croatia continued their strong start to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Wales.

Igor Štimac's side prevailed through goals from Mario Mandžukić and Eduardo and moved on to ten points from four Group A matches played. For Wales, by contrast, the flame of optimism lit by last Friday's win in Scotland was swiftly doused as they suffered a third defeat in four on a damp night in Osijek.

Mandžukić's opening goal after 27 minutes followed some uncertain Wales defending as Ashley Williams underhit his backpass to Lewis Price on the muddy surface and the goalkeeper, under pressure from Mandžukić, directed his kick straight at the FC Bayern München forward. The ball landed kindly at the feet of Mandžukić who duly rolled it into an empty net.

If a touch fortuitous, the goal was certainly deserved. Price had already made several saves before Mandžukić struck while at the other end all Chris Coleman's men offered was a speculative Gareth Bale effort from distance.

With Luka Modrić pulling the strings, Croatia continued to dominate in the second period and struck again after 58 minutes. Mandžukić ran clear on to a long ball but failed to beat Price and although the goalkeeper kept out Ivan Perišić's header from the ensuing corner, Eduardo turned in the loose ball.

Wales nearly found a lifeline when Andrew King tested Stipe Pletikosa with a header while Bale produced an eye-catching late slalom that ended with a low shot that Pletikosa saved. But Croatia could equally have won by more, Price turning Eduardo's header on to the crossbar with a fine save and Wales somehow surviving the scramble that followed.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Wales

Wales

1Stipe Pletikosa (GK)1Lewis Price (GK)
2Ivan Strinić
Yellow Card81
2Chris Gunter
Yellow Card52
3Josip Šimunić3Ben Davies
4Dejan Lovren
Yellow Card25
Substitution46
4David Vaughan
7Ivan Rakitić5Darcy Blake
10Luka Modrić6Ashley Williams (C)
11Darijo Srna (C)7Joe Allen
16Milan Badelj8Joe Ledley
17Mario Mandžukić
Goal27
9Steve Morison
Substitution61
20Ivan Perišić
Substitution85
10Andy King
Substitution72
22Eduardo
Goal57
Substitution77
11Gareth Bale

Substitutes

12Dario Krešić (GK)12Jason Brown (GK)
5Vedran Ćorluka13Craig Davies
6Manuel Pamić14Sam Ricketts
8Ante Vukušić15David Edwards
9Sammir16Ashley Richards
13Gordon Schildenfeld
Substitution46
17Simon Church
Substitution61
15Nikica Jelavić18Hal Robson-Kanu
18Josip Radošević19Sam Vokes
Substitution72
19Niko Kranjčar
Substitution77
20James Wilson
21Domagoj Vida
Substitution85
21Jonathan Williams
23Danijel Subašić (GK)22Lewin Nyatanga
24Nikola Kalinić23Adam Matthews

Coach

Igor Štimac (CRO) Chris Coleman (WAL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Aurel Onita (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Petrescu (ROU)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Croatia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Serbia, 22 March 2013, 2-0
  • Wales

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Scotland, 22 March 2013, 1-2
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