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Da Silva strikes gold for Croatia

Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 19.27CET
Croatia 1-0 Sweden Eduardo Da Silva's goal put the home side in the play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.
by Elvir Islamović
Published: Friday 7 October 2005, 19.27CET

Da Silva strikes gold for Croatia

Croatia 1-0 Sweden Eduardo Da Silva's goal put the home side in the play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

Croatia secured their progress to the play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals with a 1-0 win in Sweden. Needing only a draw to progress as Group 8 winners, they went one better as Eduardo Da Silva scored the only goal of the game two minutes into the second half.

Dominant force
The home side were certainly the dominant force in the opening period, but seemed to lack the hunger for victory. In the 19th minute, Da Silva was handed a fine chance to open the scoring as a cross found him in space but Sweden goalkeeper Christoffer Källkvist palmed his effort onto the bar and caught at the second attempt.

Presentable chance
The same player missed another presentable chance on 25 minutes, while Sweden registered their first notable attempt on goal after 37 minutes when Erkan Zengin's shot hit the post. The Swedes warmed to their task, and it took a good save from Croatia goalkeeper Tomislav Vranjić to deny Petter Andersson's shot from the edge of the box.

Decisive blow
However, Sweden's hopes of an away win were dealt a decisive blow just two minutes into the second half when Källkvist failed to handle Luka Modrić's cross from the left, leaving Da Silva the simple task of stabbing the ball home from close range. Sweden did their best to rally, but Croatia defended diligently.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.03CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Sweden

Sweden

1
VranjićTomislav Vranjić (GK)
1
KällkvistChristoffer Källkvist (GK)
2
PelaićMladen Pelaić
Yellow Card72
2
ÅlanderStefan Ålander
3
ČaleHrvoje Čale
3
GranqvistAndreas Granqvist (C)
4
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
4
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
5
VukmanNeven Vukman
5
StenmanFredrik Stenman
6
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak
6
DahlAndreas Dahl
Substitution78
7
ModrićLuka Modrić (C)
Substitution80
7
AnderssonPetter Andersson
Substitution75
8
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Yellow Card54
8
HolménSamuel Holmén
Yellow Card22
9
BušićTomislav Bušić
Substitution57
9
FarnerudAlexander Farnerud
10
GrgurovićMario Grgurović
Substitution70
10
Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
Substitution66
11
EduardoEduardo
Goal47
Yellow Card87
11
GoitomHenok Goitom

Substitutes

12
RadmanVelimir Radman (GK)
12
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
13
VučkoLuka Vučko
13
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
14
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
14
LustigMikael Lustig
15
MarčićFilip Marčić
Substitution70
15
WendtOscar Wendt
16
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution57
17
PodeMarcus Pode
Substitution66
17
TadićJosip Tadić
Substitution80
18
DahlbergMikael Dahlberg
Substitution75
18
LakićSrdjan Lakić

Coach

Slaven Bilić (CRO) Tommy Söderberg (SWE)

Referee

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

Assistant referees

Raimund Buch (AUT), Paul Pethö (AUT)

Fourth official

Wolfgang Falb (AUT)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution