National Arena Filip II Macedonian - Skopje 12/10/2012 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

FYROM - Croatia
1-2
 

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Rakitić inspires Croatia comeback in Skopje

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.41CET
FYROM 1-2 Croatia
Ivan Rakitić capped a fine individual performance with an eye-catching lob as Croatia came from behind to win in Skopje for the first time in three attempts.
by Emil Gasevski
from Skopje
Rakitić inspires Croatia comeback in Skopje
Vedran Ćorluka (C) celebrates his equaliser with Josip Radošević ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

FYROM
Croatia

1

Goals scored

2

5

Total attempts

12

1

Attempts on target

5

1

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

1

5

Corners

7

1

Offsides

1

2

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

12

10

Fouls suffered

17

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 12:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.41CET

Rakitić inspires Croatia comeback in Skopje

FYROM 1-2 Croatia
Ivan Rakitić capped a fine individual performance with an eye-catching lob as Croatia came from behind to win in Skopje for the first time in three attempts.

Croatia came from a goal down to beat the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for the second time in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

The patisan 32,500 crowd crammed into the National Arena Filip II Macedonian were given just the start they wanted when Agim Ibraimi broke the deadlock on 16 minutes but the visitors were soon in the ascendancy. Vedran Ćorluka restored parity before half-time and the excellent Ivan Rakitić completed the turnaround on the hour with a fine lob. There was no way back for the hosts.

Croatia therefore claimed their first win in three visits to Skopje but for a while they looked destined for an unwanted hat-trick as FYROM scored from their first meaningful attack. NK Maribor's Ibraimi received a pass from Stevica Ristic on the edge of the box and fired inside the upright.

Croatia responded well, Nikica Jelavić and Rakitić going close before the latter's corner on 33 minutes found its way to Ćorluka who, all alone, rifled in. Rakitić was everywhere and, though Martin Bogatinov just about got enough on a free-kick before half-time, he was caught out by one not long after it as Rakitić collected a set piece from the left and lobbed the goalkeeper.

FYROM, beaten 1-0 in Croatia last month, had begun the second period well but took a back seat from there on in. Nikola Kalinić went close and Darijo Srna hit the post with another free-kick but the damage had already been done. Croatia will go into Tuesday's meeting with Wales level with Belgium at the top of Group A; bottom side FYROM host Serbia the same night.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.35CET

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Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

Croatia

Croatia

1Martin Bogatinov (GK)1Stipe Pletikosa (GK)
2Daniel Georgievski2Ivan Strinić
3Goran Popov
Substitution82
3Josip Šimunić
4Nikolce Noveski5Vedran Ćorluka
Goal33
Yellow Card63
6Vance Sikov
Substitution75
7Ivan Rakitić
Goal60
7Ivan Tričkovski8Ognjen Vukojević
Yellow Card70
8Velice Sumulikoski
Substitution54
9Nikica Jelavić
Substitution64
9Stevica Ristic
Yellow Card8
10Luka Modrić
Yellow Card74
Substitution84
10Goran Pandev (C)
Yellow Card90
11Darijo Srna (C)
14Muhamed Demiri17Mario Mandžukić
Substitution72
19Agim Ibraimi
Goal16
20Ivan Perišić

Substitutes

12Tome Pacovski (GK)12Dario Krešić (GK)
22Kristijan Naumovski (GK)4Dejan Lovren
5Boban Grncarov
Substitution75
6Manuel Pamić
11Feran Hasani
Substitution82
13Gordon Schildenfeld
13Bojan Markoski14Nikola Kalinić
Substitution72
15Stefan Ristovski15Sammir
Substitution64
16Nikola Gligorov
Substitution54
16Milan Badelj
Substitution84
17Darko Tasevski18Josip Radošević
18Aleksandar Lazevski19Niko Kranjčar
20Ostoja Stjepanovic21Domagoj Vida
21Mirko Ivanovski22Eduardo
23Dragan Georgiev23Danijel Subašić (GK)

Coach

Cedomir Janevski (MKD) Igor Štimac (CRO)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Lars Rix (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Johansen (DEN)

Legend:

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

See also

  • FYROM

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Serbia, 16 October 2012, 1-0
  • Croatia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Wales, 16 October 2012, 2-0
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