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Israel and Croatia meet in Tel Aviv

With Croatia and Israel having accumulated four points apiece from their first two qualifying fixtures, one team can take sole charge of Group F with victory at the Ramat Gan Stadium.

Croatia lead the way in Group F after two matches
Croatia lead the way in Group F after two matches ©Getty Images

Drawn together for the second UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign in succession, Israel take on Croatia desperate for a maiden win against their Group F opponents.

Match background
• Israel's record in six games against Croatia reads W0 D1 L5 (W0 D1 L2 at home).

• The two nations produced a classic when they first renewed acquaintances in Tel Aviv on the road to UEFA EURO 2008. Roberto Colautti put the hosts ahead, but Croatia turned things around before half-time courtesy of a Darijo Srna penalty and a goal from Eduardo. The Brazilian-born striker then completed his hat-trick with two strikes either side of a Yossi Benayoun effort for Israel, for whom Colautti struck again late on in a 4-3 loss.

• Eduardo registered the only goal in the return fixture on 13 October 2007, which was also the most recent meeting between the teams.

• Before those jousts, the two countries began their rivalry in a friendly in Tel Aviv on 17 August 1994, when Croatia recorded a 4-0 triumph. The victors promptly followed that result up with friendly wins in Varazdin and Zagreb, beating Israel 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

• The only time Israel avoided defeat against Croatia came when the teams contested a 3-3 friendly draw in Jerusalem on 9 February 2005.

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