Friday March 22, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Maksimir

Croatia 2 - 0 Serbia

  • Mandžukic 23’
  • Olic 37’

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    Time:90'
    • Croatia
    • Serbia
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 2-0 win for Croatia over Serbia. Wild celebrations in Zagreb.
    • 89' Into the last minute. Three minutes added on with Croatia on the brink of a 2-0 victory.
    • 81' Ognjen Vukojevic replaces goalscorer Ivica Olic for Croatia.
    • 76' Simunic sees a header halted by Brkic from the Modric corner. Serbia remain in touch at 2-0 behind, but clock is against them.
    • 72' Serbia not exactly threatening to recover here against Croatia, who are likelier to net a third goal than ship one.
    • 64' Brkic forced to make saves in quick succession to deny Rakitic and Olic. Croatia continue to look for this third goal despite holding the 2-0 lead.
    • 62' Olic almost on the end of a ball across the face of goal. Croatia pushing for a third goal that would well and truly put this match to bed.
    • 60' Serbia coach Siniša Mihajlovic prowls his technical area, but difficult to see how his side are going to recover ground in this match. Croatia remain well in command.
    • 52' Modric fires an effort narrowly wide from distance. Decent hit, but just off target. Croatia still on top.
    • 46' So Croatia resume holding this 2-0 lead over Serbia and apparently on their way to three points.
    • 45+2' All over for the first period with Croatia holding a 2-0 lead over their bitter foes. Couldn't have gone better for the home side if they had tried to script this one.
    • 42' A rare Serbia attack sees Filip Djordjevic nod well wide under pressure in a crowded box. Appeals for another corner, but the referee decides it is a goalkick.
    • 40' The 35,000 home fans revelling in this performance. Serbia struggling to live with their rivals. Niko Kranjcar needing a spot of treatment before he gets back on his feet.
    • 37' GOAL! Olic nets for Croatia, who lead 2-0. Srna with a superb free-kick delivery and Olic just nudged it home with his frame. What a glorious ball in by Srna.
    • 25' The noise in Zagreb is something else at the moment. Croatia buzzing all over Serbia, who are finding it a struggle to get out of their own half. Kolarov presented the home side with the opening goal after an awful error as he made a mess of a free-kick from deep.
    • 20' GOAL! Mandzukic taps home from Olic's ball across the face of goal and Croatia lead 1-0. Serbia all over the place at the back. Some awful defending.
    • 18' Niko Kranjcar fires a shot at goal from distance, but a couple of yards wide of the target. Croatia's first shot from distance of any note.
    • 14' Mario Mandzukic rises to nod into the net above Zeljko Brkic, but is narrowly offside. Correct call by the match officials.
    • 8' Marko Šćepović forced to depart the action with an injury to be replaced by Filip Djordjević for the visiting side.
    • 5' Croatia seeing most of the ball in these opening moments. No Serbian fans allowed into the ground for this tie. Which makes for a fairly hostile environment if you are the visiting side.
    • 1' Croatia and Serbia are off and running in this grudge match to end all grudge matches in Zagreb in Group A. First meeting between the countries.
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