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    Azerbaijan

    0

    Wales

    1

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    Kazakhstan

    0

    England

    4

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    Slovakia

    7

    San Marino

    0

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    Macedonia

    0

    Norway

    0

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    Belarus

    5

    Andorra

    1

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    Finland

    2

    Liechtenstei

    1

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    Bulgaria

    1

    Rep of Ire

    1

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    Cyprus

    2

    Montenegro

    2

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    Lithuania

    0

    Romania

    1

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    Sweden

    0

    Denmark

    1

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    Croatia

    2

    Ukraine

    2

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    Serbia

    1

    Austria

    0

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    Albania

    1

    Portugal

    2

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    Iceland

    1

    Netherlands

    2

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Stadion Maksimir

Referee: T Hauge | Attendance: 35000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Croatia

  • Mladen Petric 2'
  • Luka Modric 68'

2 - 2

FT

Ukraine

  • Andriy Shevchenko 13'
  • Oleksiy Gai 54'

Croatia stay second, but only just

Croatia's grip on second place in

World Cup qualifying Group Six slipped on Saturday when they had

to come from behind to grab a 2-2 draw with Ukraine.

Mladen Petric had given Croatia an early lead only for goals

from Andriy Shevchenko and Olexiy Gai to put Ukraine in charge.

Croatia looked lost before Mario Mandzukic's introduction as

a substitute gave them the boost they needed.

Luka Modric played a one-two with Mandzukic on the edge of

the box and his powerful shot took a deflection on its way in.

Petric and Modric both hit the frame of the goal as Croatia

pressed for a winner.

England top the standings with a maximum 18 points from six

games following their 4-0 win in Kazakhstan earlier in the day.

Croatia remain second on 11 points from six but Belarus,

third on nine points, and Ukraine, fourth on eight, each have a

game in hand and look threatening.

The group winners qualify for the finals while the best

eight runners-up from the nine groups go through to a playoff.

Croatia scored after just two minutes when Srna's superb

20-yard free kick was punched away by Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy

Pyatov only for Petric to bury the ball from inside the box.

Croatia looked content to sit on their early lead for a

while before Ukraine equalised after a superb cross by Ruslan

Rotan was headed home by Shevchenko in the 13th minute.

The home side were rocked again when Gai scored with another

header from Serhiy Nazarenko's free kick in a move that was

almost a carbon copy of Ukraine's first goal.

But Modric popped up with the equaliser in the 68th when his

powerful shot was deflected past Pyatov by Chygrynskiy.

Croatia continued attacking and created numerous chances

towards the end of the match, hitting the post twice, but they

could not find another goal before the final whistle.

"Ukraine had the initiative and were largely in control of

the midfield in the first half, but things improved when Jerko

Leko and Ognjen Vukojevic were brought on at halftime," said

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic.

"Considering the number of opportunities we created in the

second half, we can't be satisfied with the final result, we

deserved a win tonight," he added.

Croatia midfielder Darijo Srna said he did not expect

Ukraine to put on such a good performance.

But he added: "I think we deserved to win on account of all

the chances we created. I would say Ukraine's goalkeeper Pyatov

was the man of the match."

Scoring Summary

  • Croatia
  • Ukraine

Match Stats

  • Croatia
  • Ukraine
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Croatia
  • Ukraine
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Darijo Srna (71')
Jerko Leko (83')