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Clinical Croatia put five past Norway

Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 19.59CET
Croatia 5-1 Norway
Niko Kovač's side remained unbeaten in Group H with an impressive display in Zagreb, Luka Modrić pulling the strings.
by Elvir Islamović
from Stadion Maksimir

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Match statistics

CroatiaNorway

Goals scored5
 
1
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts13
 
11
on target8
 
6
off target4
 
3
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork0
1
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
12

Standings

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Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 19.59CET

Clinical Croatia put five past Norway

Croatia 5-1 Norway
Niko Kovač's side remained unbeaten in Group H with an impressive display in Zagreb, Luka Modrić pulling the strings.

Croatia back to winning ways with impressive home display against Norway
Ivan Perišić makes it four qualifying goals early in second half
Niko Kovač's side score twice in closing stages to complete fine win
Norway suffer second Group H defeat in fifth fixture
Next qualifiers: Croatia v Italy, Norway v Azerbaijan (12 June)

Croatia remained unbeaten and top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H after an ultimately comfortable victory against Norway in Zagreb.

Home coach Niko Kovač was able to include Luka Modrić, who had not trained for three days due to flu. The Real Madrid CF midfielder had a hand in the opening goal, sending a low pass to the right for Ivica Olić, who picked out Marcelo Brozović for a superb finish from more than 20 metres.

That came from one of the few clear chances in the first half, as Norway largely held firm. The only other Croatian opening came in the 20th minute from Brozović's shot; having got his eye in, ten minutes later he made no mistake.

In the second half another Kovač decision came good; the coach had preferred Ivan Perišić to Andrej Kramarić and, nine minutes after the restart, Perišić scored his fourth goal in as many qualifying matches. The midfielder played a one-two with Ivan Rakitić and fired into the opposite corner of the net.

It was soon 3-0, Mario Mandžukić playing in Olić to slide in, and Norway's fast-fading hopes were effectively extinguished three minutes later. Vedran Ćorluka fouled Tarik Elyounoussi, who picked himself up to take the penalty himself, only for his effort to rebound off the woodwork.

Ćorluka collected his second yellow card of the evening with 16 minutes remaining, and Norway pulled one back through Alexander Tettey's strike. Hopes of an unlikely comeback came to nothing, however, as Croatia scored twice in the closing stages to complete a comprehesive win.

First substitute Gordon Schildenfeld got in front of his marker at the near post to head in Darijo Srna's corner, before Modrić's neat feet gave him the chance to slip in Danijel Pranjić on the left. The full-back's initial effort was beaten away by Ørjan Nyland but the No3 collected the rebound and found the net with a deflected shot.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.15CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Norway

Norway

23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
Yellow Card66
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Goal90+4
2
HøgliTom Høgli
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
Goal53
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Goal80
5
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Yellow Card68
Red Card74
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
Yellow Card35
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution75
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
10
T. ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
Yellow Card35
Penalty69
Substitution79
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
11
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Goal30
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred (C)
Substitution19
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution87
17
LinnesMartin Linnes
Yellow Card31
18
OlićIvica Olić
Goal65
Substitution70
20
DaehliMats Møller Daehli
Substitution61
21
VidaDomagoj Vida
21
ForrenVegard Forren

Substitutes

12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
23
GrytebustSten Grytebust (GK)
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
1
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
3
HovlandEven Hovland
6
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
Substitution75
Goal87
4
GabrielsenRuben Gabrielsen
8
HalilovićAlen Halilović
7
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
9
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution70
9
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
Substitution79
13
PjacaMarko Pjaca
13
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
Substitution19
Yellow Card81
15
RebićAnte Rebić
16
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
16
SharbiniAnas Sharbini
18
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
Substitution61
19
BadeljMilan Badelj
Substitution87
19
SinghHarmeet Singh
20
MitrovićMatej Mitrović
22
KonradsenAnders Konradsen
22
LeovacMarin Leovac

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP), Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution