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CroatiaCroatiaStadion Maksimir - ZagrebFriday 24 March 2017
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Group I - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/2009QR (GS)Croatia - Ukraine2-2ZagrebPetrić 2, Modrić 68; Shevchenko 13, Gai 54
11/10/2008QR (GS)Ukraine - Croatia0-0Kharkiv
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/11/1997POUkraine - Croatia1-1
agg: 1-3
KyivShevchenko 5; Bokšić 27
29/10/1997POCroatia - Ukraine2-0
ZagrebBilić 11, Vlaović 50
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/06/1995PR (GS)Ukraine - Croatia1-0
KyivKalitvintsev 13
25/03/1995PR (GS)Croatia - Ukraine4-0
ZagrebBoban 13, Šuker 20, 80, Prosinečki 71
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198432Monaco - 3000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199026Gent - 1000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199522Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198928Dinamo Zagreb - 3000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198927Dynamo Kyiv*4000
-Marko Lešković27/04/199125Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199521Leverkusen - 0000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199323Beşiktaş - 2100
-Luka Modrić09/09/198531Real Madrid - 2000
-Milan Badelj25/02/198928Fiorentina*4000
-Ivan Rakitić10/03/198829Barcelona - 2100
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199422Real Madrid - 3000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199224Internazionale - 4200
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199225Rijeka - 0000
-Marko Rog19/07/199521Napoli - 2000
-Nikola Kalinić05/01/198829Fiorentina - 3100
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198630Juventus - 4400
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199125Hoffenheim - 4000
-Duje Čop01/02/199027Sporting Gijón - 2000
-Marko Pjaca06/05/199521Juventus - 1000
-Ante Čačić29/09/195363 - 4000
Ukraine - Squad list
Current season
-Andriy Pyatov28/06/198432Shakhtar Donetsk - 4000
-Denys Boyko29/01/198829Málaga - 0000
-Mykyta Shevchenko26/01/199324Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Olexandr Kucher22/10/198234Shakhtar Donetsk*4000
-Mykola Morozyuk17/01/198829Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Bohdan Butko13/01/199126Shakhtar Donetsk - 4000
-Ivan Ordets08/07/199224Shakhtar Donetsk*2000
-Yaroslav Rakitskiy03/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk*2000
-Mykola Matviyenko02/05/199620Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Ruslan Rotan29/10/198135Dnipro - 2100
-Yevhen Shakhov30/11/199026PAOK - 2000
-Taras Stepanenko08/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk*4000
-Serhiy Sydorchuk02/05/199125Dynamo Kyiv - 2000
-Olexandr Zinchenko15/12/199620PSV*4000
-Viktor Kovalenko14/02/199621Shakhtar Donetsk - 4000
-Viktor Tsygankov15/11/199719Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Maksym Malyshev24/12/199224Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Ivan Petriak13/03/199423Zorya - 1000
-Artem Kravets03/06/198927Granada*3200
-Yevhen Seleznyov20/07/198531Karabükspor - 0000
-Yevhen Konoplyanka29/09/198927Schalke - 4000
-Andriy Yarmolenko23/10/198927Dynamo Kyiv - 4300
-Artem Besedin31/03/199620Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Andriy Shevchenko29/09/197640 - 4000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ante Čačić

Date of birth: 29 September 1953
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: NK Prigorje Markuševac
Coaching career: NK Dubrava, NK Inter Zaprešić (three times), NK Osijek, NK Zadar, NK Slaven Belupo (twice), GNK Dinamo Zagreb, NK Radnik Sesvete, NK Maribor, NK Kamen Ingrad, NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (twice), NK Croatia Sesvete, Croatia Under-21 (assistant), Libya (assistant), Croatia

• A graduate of the University of Zagreb's coaching school, Čačić was among the first ten Croatian coaches to receive a UEFA Pro licence; he started his coaching career at lower-league Prigorje Markuševac, where he had also played.

• Spent the bulk of his career in the Croatian top division, also earning promotion to the First League with Dubrava and Inter Zaprešić.

• His highest-profile job was at Dinamo Zagreb; hired in December 2011, he won a domestic double and led the club into the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage. Left in November 2012.

• From 1994 to 1998, he was assistant coach of Croatia's Under-21 team, and from 2003 to 2006 assisted countryman Ilija Lončarević during his time as Libya coach.

• In 2013, he took Maribor to the UEFA Europa League group stage; he was most recently in charge of Lokomotiva, whom he guided into 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying. Took over the national side in September 2015, guiding them to UEFA EURO 2016 and subsequently the last 16 in France, losing in extra time to eventual winners Portugal.



Andriy Shevchenko

Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Nationality: Ukrainian
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine

• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.

• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.

• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.

• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.

• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAntonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesPau Cebrián Devís (ESP) , Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
  • Fourth officialCarlos Gómez (ESP)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBarry Bright (ENG)
  • Referee observerAndreas Schluchter (SUI)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Antonio Mateu Lahoz12/03/1977244

Antonio Mateu Lahoz

Referee since: 1992
First division: 2008
FIFA badge: 2011

Tournaments: 2016 Olympic Games, 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup


FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
29/08/2013UELPOKF SkënderbeuFC Chornomorets Odesa1-0Tirana
20/02/2014UELR32FC Dnipro DnipropetrovskTottenham Hotspur FC1-0Dnipropetrovsk
04/11/2015UCLGSOlympiacos FCGNK Dinamo Zagreb2-1Piraeus
24/02/2016UCLR16FC Dynamo KyivManchester City FC1-3Kyiv
17/03/2016UELR16RSC AnderlechtFC Shakhtar Donetsk0-1Brussels

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Croatia 1-1 Turkey
    1-0 Rakitić 44 (P) , 1-1 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 45+2
    Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Strinić, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (64 Brozović), Modrić, Mandžukić (85 Kramarić), Badelj, Pjaca (80 N. Kalinić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Kosovo 0-6 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 6, 0-2 Mandžukić 24, 0-3 Mandžukić 35, 0-4 Mitrović 68, 0-5 Perišić 83, 0-6 N. Kalinić 90+2
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka (46 Mitrović), Kovačić, Kramarić (71 Rog), Brozović, Mandžukić (59 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Mitrović, Kovačić, Kramarić (81 Rog), Brozović (71 Čop), Mandžukić (87 N. Kalinić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Croatia 2-0 Iceland
    1-0 Brozović 15, 2-0 Brozović 90+1
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Ćorluka, Rakitić (85 Kramarić), Kovačić (46 Modrić), Brozović, Mandžukić (92 Čop), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Sydorchuk (63 Zozulya), Kovalenko, Rakitskiy, Zinchenko (90 Shakhov)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Turkey 2-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Yarmolenko 24 (P) , 0-2 Kravets 27, 1-2 Ozan Tufan 45+1, 2-2 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 81 (P)
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (81 Petriak), Kravets (73 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (46 Sydorchuk)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine 3-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Kravets 31, 2-0 Yarmolenko 81, 3-0 Rotan 87
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (79 Karavaev), Kravets (84 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (63 Rotan)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko (89 Shakhov), Konoplyanka (83 Tsygankov), Kravets, Rakitskiy, Zinchenko (67 Rotan)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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