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, 21.00CET
Croatia too strong for Serbia in Zagreb
Ivica Olić scores Croatia's second goal in Zagreb ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

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   

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

photos

Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    90+1
    Petrović (Serbia) is shown a yellow card.
  • Yellow Card
    85
    Subotić (Serbia) is shown a yellow card.
  • Substitution
    83
    Vukojević (in) - Olić (out) (Croatia)
  • Substitution
    82
    Lovren (in) - Strinić (out) (Croatia)

See also

  • Croatia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Wales, 26 March 2013, 1-2
  • Serbia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Scotland, 26 March 2013, 2-0
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