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Croatia thrashes and the pass will be played against Russia

Croatia thrashes and the pass will be played against Russia

The Croatia team, led by Luka Modric, thrashed Malta (1-7) and will play the direct passport to the Qatar World Cup in Split next Sunday, against Russia that previously overwhelmed Cyprus (6-0).

Nobody failed in the heads-up of Group H. Russia and Croatia complied and left the outcome leading to the ‘Split final’ where the Balkan team needs victory while the Russian, current leader of the sextet, is enough with a draw.

The stumble with Slovakia last October forces the world runner-up who lost the leadership of the group and led him to second place. Zlatko Dalic’s team has no margin for error, who after six minutes already reflected his superiority against a lesser rival and without any motivation.

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Before the break the crash was sentenced. Croatia did not give any respite, which after six minutes opened the scoring with Ivan Perisic’s goal from Andrej Kramaric’s pass. Fifteen later, it was Duje Caleta-Car who culminated a free-kick launched by Luka Modric.

Malta met the goal unexpectedly. At half an hour, a goal from Marcelo Brozovic. But the visiting team dispelled the ghosts in the final stretch before the break with the targets of Mario Pasalic and Modric who joined the party.

With the clash closed Dalic began to think about the duel against Russia and before game time he made four substitutions. Marcelo Brozovic stayed in the intermission and later, Perisic, Kramaric and Modric withdrew from the grass, in 54.

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Croatia did not let up, extending the win with a double from Lovro Majer and a new goal from Kramaric. Then the rhythm slowed. Also the Croatian momentum that guarded its forces for the key duel against Russia on Sunday.

– Data sheet:

1 – Malta: Henry Bonello; Kurt Shaw (Karl Micallef, m.83), Andrei Agius, Enrico Pepe; Cain Attard, Bjoern Kristensen (Stephen Pisani, m.46), Teddy Teuma (Matthew Guillaumier, m.62), Ryan Camenzuli; Joseph Mbong (Shaun Dimech, m.62), Jurgen Degabriele and Luke Montebello (Alejandro Satariano, m.62).

Selector: Devis Mangia (ITA)

7 – Croatia: Ivo Grbic; Josip Juranovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric (Nikola Vlasic, m.54), Marcelo Brozovic (Kristijan Jakic, m.46), Mario Pasalic (Marko Livaja, m.62); Lovro Majer, Ivan Perisic (Mislav Orsic, m.54) and Andrej Kramaric (Bruno Petkovic, m.54).

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Selector: Zlatko Dalic.

Goals: 0-1, m.6: Ivan Perisic; 0-2, m.22: Duje Caleta-Car; 1-2, m.31: Marcelo Brozovic, own goal; 1-3, m.39: Mario Pasalic; 1-4, m.45 + 1: Luka Modric; 1-6, m.47: Lovro Majer; 1-6, m.53: Kramaric; 1-7, m.64: Majer.

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (ALE). He showed a yellow card to Enrico Pepe from Malta.

Incidents: match of the ninth day of Group H of the European zone of the qualifying phase for the World Cup in Qatar, played at the Ta’Qali National Stadium. EFE

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