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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Croatia Leaves Macedonia With 3 Points After WC'14 Qualifying Match







Croatia's starting 11. Photo: www.index.hr






Quickly throwing in the result of yesterday's qualifying campaign match between Croatia and Macedonia for World Cup 2014.  It's still early and there's plenty of important matches ahead, but the video footage of the match was available almost immediately after the match was finished, which is rare.  Also because of Ivan Rakitić's incredible goal that gave Croatia the important 3 points,  avoiding what early looked to be a possible upset.  I hope the manager paid for the drinks that night for getting them out of a semi-debacle, because even a tie would have been a let down.   (They need to get their shit together and stop playing well for portions of 90 minutes)  Croatia for now is tied in 1st place atop their group with Belgium, both having 7 points after 3 matches each.



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 www.index.hr

 www.24sata.hr

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 sportski.net.hr





Croats squeak past Macedonia for second win





Source: www.fifa.com



Croatia came from a goal down to claim the second victory of their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualification campaign with a narrow 2-1 result over FYR Macedonia. Croatia started the game third in the group, level on four points with Serbia and Belgium, after their previous outing saw them claim a narrow 1-0 win over tonight's opponents.

Nikica Jelavić scored the only goal of the game that night to leave Macedonia second bottom with just one point. But it was the hosts who took the lead tonight when Agim Ibraimi drilled a left-footed shot low into the centre of the goal in the 16th minute.





Croatia's Vedran Corluka (C) celebrates with teammates Dario Srna (L) and Josip Simunic (R) after scoring the first goal during the World Cup 2014 qualifying football match Macedonia vs Croatia at Filip 2 Stadium in Skopje on October 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO ROBERT ATANASOVSKI






Little was created by either side as the first half wore on before Croatia levelled 12 minutes before half-time. Ivan Rakitić sent in a corner from the left which found Vedran Ćorluka, and the defender slotted a right-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal from close range.

The game was evenly balanced after the break, Mario Mandžukić shooting wide for Croatia and Ivan Trickovski doing the same for Macedonia. However, on the hour mark it was the visitors who went ahead, Ivan Rakitic drilling the ball home from 25 yards.





Croatia's Nikica Jelavic (R) vies with Macedonia's Vance Sikov (L) during the World Cup 2014 qualifer football match Macedonia vs Croatia at the Filip 2 Stadium in Skopje on October 12,2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI






Little was created by either side as the first half wore on before Croatia levelled 12 minutes before half-time. Ivan Rakitic sent in a corner from the left which found Vedran Corluka, and the defender slotted a right-footed shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal from close range.

The game was evenly balanced after the break, Mario Mandžukić shooting wide for Croatia and Ivan Trickovski doing the same for Macedonia. However, on the hour mark it was the visitors who went ahead, Ivan Rakitic drilling the ball home from 25 yards.




  
Ivan Rakitić celebrates after putting Croatia in the lead. Photo: AP






Macedonia attempted to get back into the game, Ibraimi's drilled left-footed shot from the right was saved by Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa with Goran Pandev also having an attempt.

As the game went into injury time, Croatia almost doubled their lead when Darijo Srna's 30-yard free-kick hit the post. Pandev attempted a curler with seconds left but Pletikosa was equal to it as Croatia held on.





 Ivan Rakitic's long 25 yard strike helps Croatia leave Skopje with 3 points.







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