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A draw in Azerbaijan

Croatia fails to
convert chances in
Baku

03.09.2015.
Croatia fails to convert chances in Baku
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Niko Kovač's men visit to Azerbaijan, on the road to EURO 2016 in France, ends in a goalless draw.

AZERBAIJAN - CROATIA 0:0 (0:0)
EURO 2016 qualifying, Group H.
Bakcell Arena, Baku.

Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Goalscorers: -

Yellow cards: Vida (44'), Rakitić (77'), Gurbanov (79'), Agajev (82'), Kovačić (90+1'), Garajev (90+3')

Azerbaijan: K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Hüseynov, Sadygov, Dashdemirov, Nazarov (90' Eddy), Amirguliyev, Ismayilov, Kurbanov (63' Sadygov), R. Gurbanov (79' Nadirov). Head coach: R. Prosinečki.

Croatia: Subašić, Vrsaljko, Ćorluka, Vida, Pranjić, Badelj (59' Kovačić), Modrić (71' Brozović), Perišić (83' Kalinić), Rakitić, Pjaca, Mandžukić. Head coach: N. Kovač.

In its seventh match in Group H qualifyng, Croatia recorded its third draw, securing a 0:0 against Robert Prosinečki's Azerbaijan.

Croatia signalled the attacking intent through Mandžukić in the second minute, and Perišić tried from distance soon afterwards. However, activities later calmed down, until 25th minute.

Rakitić, Perišić, Vrsaljko, and Pjaca had opportunities, and with no changes at halftime, Nazarov was first to fire a shot in the second half.

Perišić immediately responded by hitting the woodwork, while Mandžukić missed a couple of headers.

Kovačić came really close to opening the scoring in 69th minute, but shot wide, and Ismayilov tried to test Subašić at the other end. In the closing minutes, Mandžukić and Pjaca failed to convert their chances.

Croatia thus leaves Baku with a point and travels to Norway. On Sunday, Kovačić will be suspended, with captain Srna returning.

Group H:
1. Italy 15
2. Croatia 14
3. Norway 13
4. Bulgaria 8
5. Azerbaijan 5
6. Malta 1

Euro 2016. - qualifiers, 03.09.2015.. Spectators: 10000
Referees: Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Guillaume Debart (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth referee: Jeanne Philippe (FRA)
Azerbaijan
0
Croatia
0
1Kamran Aghayev
82'
23Danijel Subašić
2Gara Garayev
90'+3'
3Danijel Pranjić
3MAgomed Mirzabekov7Ivan Rakitić
77'
5Badavi Guseynov10Luka Modrić
71'
9Mogomed Kurbanov
63'
5Vedran Ćorluka
10Ruslan Gurbanov
79'
79'
2Šime Vrsaljko
13Dmitrij Nazarov
90'
8Marko Pjaca
14Rashad F. Sadigov4Ivan Perišić
83'
19Rahid Amirguliyev19Milan Badelj
59'
21Arif Dashdamirov17Mario Mandžukić
22Afran Ismayilov21Domagoj Vida
44'
Bench
12Agil Mammadov12Lovre Kalinić
23Salahat Aghayev1Ivan Vargić
6Rashad Abulfaz Sadigov
63'
18Ivica Olić
8Eddy Israfilov
90'
9Andrej Kramarić
17Vugar Nadirov
79'
20Mateo Kovačić
90'+1'
59'
4Pavlo Pashayev6Dejan Lovren
7Araz Abdullayev15Ante Rebić
11Rauf Aliyev13Marko Lešković
15Ruslan Abishov14Marcelo Brozović
71'
16Tarlan Guliyev16Nikola Kalinić
83'
18Elnur Jafarov22Marin Leovac
20Javid Taghieyev11Mijo Caktaš
Coaches
Robert ProsinečkiNiko Kovač
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