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

Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Wales

Wales

1Pletikosa (GK)1Price (GK)
2Strinić
81
2Gunter
52
3Šimunić3Davies
4Lovren
25
46
4Vaughan
7Rakitić5Blake
10Modrić6A. Williams (C)
11Srna (C)7Allen
16Badelj8Ledley
17Mandžukić
27
9Morison
61
20Perišić
85
10King
72
22Eduardo
57
77
11Bale

Substitutes

12Krešić (GK)12Brown (GK)
5Čorluka13Davies
6Pamić14Ricketts
8Vukušić15Edwards
9Sammir16Richards
13Schildenfeld
46
17Church
61
15Jelavić18Robson-Kanu
18Radošević19Vokes
72
19Kranjčar
77
20Wilson
21Vida
85
21J. Williams
23Subašić (GK)22Nyatanga
24N. Kalinić23Matthews

Coaches

Igor Štimac (CRO) Chris Coleman (WAL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
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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