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Luca Modric hoping World Cup opening win can give Croatia ‘wings’

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA17 hits

Captain Luca Modric believes Croatia’s opening 2-0 World Cup win over Nigeria can give them “wings” as his side prepares to next face Argentina.With Iceland having held Group D favourites Argentina to a surprise 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday – as star man Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved – Croatia took full advantage with a composed display at the Kaliningrad Stadium...Full Story »

Croatia 2 Nigeria 0: Etebo own goal, Modric penalty settle tight clash

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Goal.com59 hits

Nigeria are bottom of Group D after Stoke City's new signing Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in a 2-0 loss to Croatia. Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty. Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net aft...Full Story »

Croatia beat Nigeria to take full advantage of Argentina’s slip-up

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by PA12 hits

Croatia took the early initiative in Group D as they saw off Nigeria 2-0 in their World Cup opener at the Kaliningrad Stadium.With Iceland having held Argentina to a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday, Croatia took full advantage.An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo, set to play at Stoke next season, broke the deadlock just after the hour, with a penalty from captain Luca Modric with 20 minutes left secu...Full Story »

Croatia vs Nigeria - Modric: Croatia’s golden generation under no extra pressure in Russia

Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PA64 hits

Luka Modric insists Croatia’s golden generation are under no extra pressure in Russia, even though it could be the last World Cup for several members of their talented squad.At 32, Real Madrid midfielder Modric – the shining Croatian light of his generation – could well be about to embark on his final World Cup.Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic...Full Story »

Lovren: Croatia can surprise like Liverpool

Posted Monday, June 04, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com71 hits

Dejan Lovren hopes Croatia can replicate Liverpool's run to the Champions League final in this year's World Cup. Lovren featured in an international friendly for Croatia against Brazil at Anfield, where second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino gave the Selecao a 2-0 win. The Croatia defender said it was nice to be well-received by fans on his first return to Liverpool since the Real...Full Story »

What Roberto Firmino said about his battle with Gabriel Jesus after Brazil 2-0 Croatia

Posted Monday, June 04, 2018 by givemesport.com66 hits

Roberto Firmino's season ended in disappointment with the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, but he's been absolutely outstanding in 2017-18. Operating as a central striker, the skilful attacker scored a superb 27 goals and provided 17 assists for Liverpool in all competitions this term. Firmino's attention has now turned to the World Cup in Russia, where Brazil will play their firs...Full Story »

Neymar to come off bench in Brazil friendly against Croatia

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2018 by ESPN80 hits

Brazil will start Sunday's friendly against Croatia without Neymar, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker will make a second-half appearance and return from a three-month injury spell, coach Tite said on Saturday. Neymar has been sidelined since Feb. 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille. "He's on the bench because he is still recovering...Full Story »

Brazil vs Croatia - Neymar eyeing return to action as Brazil take on Croatia at Anfield

Posted Sunday, June 03, 2018 by PA85 hits

Neymar will make his return from injury as a second-half substitute for Brazil when they play Croatia on Sunday, coach Tite has confirmed.The Paris St Germain forward, the world’s most expensive player, has been out injured since February 25 when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.Tite revealed his starting line-up for the friendly at Anfi...Full Story »

Croatia's World Cup Kit Is A Traditional Classic

Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by thesportbible.com79 hits

Ever since Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki and co burst onto the international scene in the mid '90s, impressing at Euro '96 and then storming their way to a third place finish at the 1998 World Cup, the footballing world has been in love with Croatia's kits. And rightfully so. The white and red checkers have adorned some of the greatest players of the last 20 years and fuel coun...Full Story »

Greece 0 - 0 Croatia: Croatia ease into World Cup with draw in Greece

Posted Sunday, November 12, 2017 by PA77 hits

Croatia comfortably negotiated the second leg of their play-off tie against Greece with a goalless draw sealing their place at next summer's World Cup. Leading 4-1 from the home leg in Croatia, Zlatko Dalic's team never got out of second gear - but then they did not need to against a Greece side who lacked ideas going forward and who took until the 86th minute to muster a shot on target. Gre...Full Story »

Greece vs Croatia - Sokratis not optimistic for Greece after 4-1 loss to Croatia

Posted Sunday, November 12, 2017 by PA90 hits

Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos admits Croatia have likely "95 per cent" already qualified for the World Cup. The Ethniki were pushed to the brink of outright elimination from the tournament by a 4-1 humbling in Zagreb - a result the Greek press have called an "unprecedented disgrace". Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis conceded an early penalty which Luka Modric converted and Nikola Kalini...Full Story »

Croatia put themselves on brink of World Cup qualification after thumping Greece

Posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 by PA37 hits

Croatia set one foot back in the World Cup finals after cruising to an emphatic 4-1 win over Greece in the first leg of their qualifying play-off in Zagreb.Goals from Luca Modric, Nikola Kalinic, Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric were enough to make Sunday's second leg against the Greeks - who replied through Sokratis Papastathopoulos - appear a formality.Shrugging off the absence through injury...Full Story »

Croatia vs Greece - Ivan Perisic determined to get the job done in home leg

Posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 by PA77 hits

Ivan Perisic is confident Croatia have the firepower to claim a strong advantage in the home leg of their World Cup play-off with Greece. With a place at Russia 2018 on the line, Croatia host the Greeks at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb on Thursday before travelling to Piraeus for the return leg on Sunday. Croatia go into the opener unbeaten in their last 11 competitive home games and winger P...Full Story »

The New Saints 1 - 5 NK Rijeka: TNS go out of Champions League after thrashing in Croatia

Posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by PA105 hits

The New Saints have been knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers in emphatic style by Croatian side Rijeka. The Welsh Premier League champions headed into the second leg of the second qualifying round tie trailing 2-0, and goals from Florentin Matei, Mario Gavranovic, Alexander Gorgon and Stefan Ristovski put Matjaz Kek's side out of sight on Tuesday night. Substitute Adrian Cieslewic...Full Story »

Modric testifies in Croatian football corruption case

Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Marca.com172 hits

Former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic is on trial in Croatia, accused of embezzlement of over 15 million euros and of tax evasion on another 1.5m euros, and Luka Modric was in court on Tuesday to give evidence. Between the ages of 14 to 22, the midfielder was on Dinamo's books and he discussed his 2008 transfer to Tottenham, with Mamic accused of taking half of the transfer fee paid by...Full Story »

Real Madrid's Croatian duo pop to famous city restaurant

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Marca.com79 hits

After scoring in the win over Real Sociedad, Mateo Kovacic had plenty to smile about and seemed jovial as he visited a famous Madrid restaurant with Luka Modric. The elder of the Croatian pair is currently injured but that has only served to allow his countryman a crack in the Real Madrid first-team. Enjoying a meal at the Asador Donostiarra, the establishment posted on their Facebook page t...Full Story »

Croatia 2 - 0 Iceland: Croatia take charge of Group I as Brozovic double sinks Iceland

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2016 by PA57 hits

Marcelo Brozovic scored both goals as Croatia opened up a gap at the top of Group I with a 2-0 win over nearest rivals Iceland. The Inter Milan midfielder opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added his second in added time, with Ivan Perisic's sending-off moments later making no difference to the outcome. Heading into the match level on seven points with Croatia, it was no surprise to see...Full Story »

Finland 0 - 1 Croatia: Mario Mandzukic fires Croatia past Finland

Posted Sunday, October 09, 2016 by PA47 hits

Mario Mandzukic's early header proved enough for Croatia to claim their second straight win in World Cup qualifying Group I with a 1-0 triumph over Finland in Helsinki. Mandzukic headed home from an Andrej Kramaric cross in the 18th minute to get his side, fresh from Thursday night's 6-0 win over Kosovo, off to a good start. The struggling Finns rarely threatened Danijel Subasic's goal while C...Full Story »

Kosovo 0 - 6 Croatia: Kosovo handed heavy defeat by Croatia on home debut

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 by PA79 hits

Kosovo's first competitive home fixture ended in a one-sided 6-0 defeat by Croatia that leaves them bottom of their World Cup qualifying group. A hat-trick from Mario Mandzukic and further goals from Matej Mitrovic, Ivan Perisic and Nikola Kalinic secured a convincing victory for the visitors, who with four points from two games top Group I. Kosovo, who sit sixth, have one point earned from ...Full Story »

Kosovo vs Croatia - Kosovo seeking first win and place in World Cup

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 by PA93 hits

Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina is aiming high as his nation to prepare to build on their historic competitive debut when they face Croatia on Thursday. Kosovo claimed a famous point against Finland in Turku last month to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a flying start, and Celina says his team should have no reason to expect anything less second time around in Shkodra. The Manc...Full Story »

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