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Austria 0-1 Croatia

The only people happy after this game would of been a small section of Tottenham Hotspur fans after seeing a relativley impressive display from new boy Luka Modric. Austrians would of hoped for more from the co hosts, they huffed and puffed but failed to fire. Croatians would of expected a much more comfortable afternoon against the lowest ranked side in the Euro’s. 

 Modric himself wasn’t at his best, but in a lacklustre Croatian side he shone, the extent of their excurstions though were all to plain to see as a host of Slaven Bilic’s side slumped to the ground at the full time whistle

Austria provided a stern test as Croatia kicked off their Euro 2008 campaign with a 1-0 victory in Group B.

Luka Modric scored the only goal with a penalty in the fourth minute after Rene Aufhauser clumsy challenge on Ivica Olic .

Croatia started the better side, but once the goal had gone in Austria woke up and began to apply some pressure, but they missed a number of opportunities to draw level.

The momentum stayed with Austria after the break and continued to build as, roared on by their home crowd in Vienna, they pinned Croatia back.

The introduction of subs for both sides failed to change the flow of the game, Austria were solid but not very enlightening and in Ivanschitz they had hoped for more. Croatia held there own, but will come up against stronger sides who could punish their hesitency at the back.

Stipe Pletikosa parried away Umit Korkmaz’s effort moments from the end as Croatia clung on to pick up three points and leave Austria with an uphill task to reach the quarter-finals, another defeat will spell the end of their tournament and huge disappointment.

 Austria face Poland next, while Croatia tackle Germany, so either way the group will go down to the final round of games.

Austria: Macho, Prodl, Stranzl, Pogatetz, Aufhauser, Saumel (Vastic 61), Standfest, Gercaliu (Korkmaz 69), Ivanschitz, Harnik, Linz (Kienast 73).
Subs Not Used: Manninger, Ozcan, Katzer, Garics, Patocka, Hiden, Fuchs, Leitgeb, Hoffer.

Booked: Pogatetz, Saumel, Prodl.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Corluka, Robert Kovac, Simunic, Pranjic, Srna, Nico Kovac, Modric, Kranjcar (Knezevic 61), Olic (Vukojevic 82), Petric (Budan 72).
Subs Not Used: Galinovic, Runje, Simic, Vejic, Rakitic, Pokrivac, Leko, Kalinic, Klasnic.

Booked: Robert Kovac.

Goals: Modric 4 pen.

Ref: Pieter Vink (Holland).

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  1. mbadowski

    11 June, 2008 at 18:44

    I think you guys played a good game against Croatia, but you won’t succeed in taking the next step. I think Poland will get you – they are very motivated after the loss with Germany.

    But there are some difficulties – the captain of the team, Zurawski is out, the Manchester United goalkeeper Kuszczak is also out…

    Read more about it: http://www.sport.pl/sport/1,90654,5295180,Poland_captain_Maciej_Zurawski_out_of_group_stage.html

    and the whole website about Polish team: http://www.sport.pl/sport/0,90654.html

  2. tadpole

    12 June, 2008 at 13:48

    its going to be a tight game, neither team wants to lose as there’ll be out

    not many goals, Austria are struggling for goals, hope Ivanschitz is fit

    you are missing some, so could suit us

    all the best

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