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Group I - Matchday 9
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/10/2016QR (GS)Finland - Croatia0-1
TampereMandžukić 18
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Croatia----1100----110010
Finland1001--------100101

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Squad list Only this chapter

Croatia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Danijel Subašić27/10/198432Monaco - 6000
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199027Gent - 2000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199522Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
Defenders
-Josip Pivarić30/01/198928Dynamo Kyiv*7000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198928Dynamo Kyiv*8100
-Šime Vrsaljko10/01/199225Atlético*6000
-Antonio Milić10/03/199423Oostende - 0000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199323Beşiktaş - 3100
-Duje Ćaleta-Car17/09/199621Salzburg - 0000
-Zoran Nižić11/10/198927Hajduk Split - 0000
Midfielders
-Luka Modrić09/09/198532Real Madrid - 6000
-Ivan Rakitić10/03/198829Barcelona - 4100
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198928Internazionale*7100
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199224Internazionale*8200
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199522Spartak Moskva - 0000
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199225Rijeka - 0000
-Marko Rog19/07/199522Napoli - 3000
Forwards
-Mario Mandžukić21/05/198631Juventus - 8400
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199126Hoffenheim - 7000
-Duje Čop01/02/199027Standard Liège - 3000
-Ivan Santini21/05/198928Caen - 1000
Coach
-Ante Čačić29/09/195364 - 8000
Finland - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Anssi Jaakkola13/03/198730Reading - 0000
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198927Frankfurt*8000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199324Horsens - 0000
Defenders
-Niklas Moisander29/09/198532Bremen - 5000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198928Häcken - 3000
-Juha Pirinen22/10/199125HJK - 1000
-Paulus Arajuuri15/06/198829Brøndby*7100
-Thomas Lam18/12/199323Twente*6000
-Dani Hatakka12/03/199423SJK - 0000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199423Spal*5000
-Albin Granlund01/09/198928Mariehamn*2000
Midfielders
-Kasper Hämäläinen08/08/198631Legia - 5000
-Tim Sparv20/02/198730Midtjylland*2000
-Joona Toivio10/03/198829Molde - 2000
-Perparim Hetemaj12/12/198630Chievo - 3000
-Rasmus Schüller18/06/199126Minnesota United - 3000
-Glen Kamara28/10/199521Dundee - 0000
Forwards
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199027Brøndby*7200
-Joel Pohjanpalo13/09/199423Leverkusen - 3100
-Simon Skrabb19/01/199522Norrköping - 1000
-Pyry Soiri22/09/199423Shakhtyor - 0000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199126Dresden*5000
-Jasse Tuominen12/11/199521BATE - 1000
Coach
-Markku Kanerva24/05/196453 - 4000

Last updated 06/10/2017 11:05CET

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.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2285276.html#ante+cacic

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Markku Kanerva

Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Nationality: Finnish
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland

• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.

• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.

• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.

• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.

• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2431120.html#markku+kanerva

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDaniel Stefanski (POL)
  • Assistant refereesKrzysztof Myrmus (POL) , Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
  • Fourth officialBartosz Frankowski (POL)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBernd Barutta (GER)
  • Referee observerKaren Nalbandyan (ARM)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Daniel Stefanski02/07/1977227

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
09/11/2016U19QRCroatiaCyprus4-0Podgorica
14/11/2016U19QRMontenegroCroatia1-2Budva
26/07/2017UCL3QRFC SalzburgHNK Rijeka1-1Salzburg

Last updated 04/10/2017 11:22CET

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 UEFA.com.

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

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/european-qualifiers/news/newsid=2400492.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Croatia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Croatia851212316
    Iceland851211716
    Turkey842212814
    Ukraine842211714
    Finland82156107
    Kosovo80173201
    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)
    Croatia 1-0 Ukraine
    1-0 N. Kalinić 38
    Subašić, Mitrović, Rakitić (79 Kovačić), Modrić, Brozović (91 Rog), Jedvaj, N. Kalinić (87 Kramarić), Mandžukić, Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Iceland 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 H. Magnússon 90
    Kalinić, Perišić, Lovren, Kovačić, Modrić, Jedvaj, N. Kalinić (63 Brozović), Mandžukić (88 Santini), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Vida 74
    Subašić, Vrsaljko, Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić (55 Kramarić), Kovačić (55 Badelj), Modrić, Brozović (72 N. Kalinić), Mandžukić, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Turkey 1-0 Croatia
    1-0 Cenk Tosun 75
    Subašić, Vrsaljko (84 Čop), Perišić, Lovren, Kovačić (70 Kramarić), Modrić, Brozović, N. Kalinić (62 Mandžukić), Badelj, Vida, Pivarić
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Croatia-Finland
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Ukraine-Croatia

Finland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen (87 Riski), Ojala, Ring (67 Lam), Pukki, Arkivuo (46 Schüller), Lod, Saksela, Raitala
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Väisänen (83 Saksela), Toivio, Ring (46 Markkanen), Lod, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti (63 Lam), Mattila, Raitala
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Turkey 2-0 Finland
    1-0 Cenk Tosun 9, 2-0 Cenk Tosun 13
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Ring (84 Forsell), Lod, P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Mattila (67 Yaghoubi), Uronen, Pohjanpalo (72 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
    Finland 1-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Konoplyanka 51, 1-1 Pohjanpalo 72, 1-2 Besedin 75
    Hradecky, Moisander, Ojala, Lod (68 Jensen), Pukki (68 Pohjanpalo), Arkivuo, Yaghoubi, Uronen (84 Markkanen), Lam, Hämäläinen, Raitala
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
    Finland 1-0 Iceland
    1-0 Ring 8
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Toivio (70 Granlund), Ojala (33 Väisänen), Ring, Lod, P. Hetemaj (83 Lam), Markkanen, Sparv, Uronen, Hämäläinen
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Kosovo 0-1 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 83
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Väisänen, Lod (93 Tuominen), Pukki, Arkivuo (64 Pirinen), Sparv, Lam, Jensen (54 Skrabb), Hämäläinen, Granlund
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Croatia-Finland
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)
    Finland-Turkey

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Legend

Competitions

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

Statistics

  • -: 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
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.