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National Teams

Friendly match in Osijek

Perišić double for
Croatia victory over
Mali

31.05.2014.
Perišić double for Croatia victory over Mali
photo by: HNS
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Croatian national football team, preparing for the World Cup, seals the victory in the friendly match against Mali.

CROATIA - MALI 2:1 (1:0)
International friendly.
Osijek, Gradski vrt Stadium.

Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)

Goalscorers: 1:0 - Perišić (15'), 2:0 - Perišić (64'), 2:1 - K. Traore (79')

Croatia: Pletikosa, Vida (60' Vrsaljko), Schildenfeld, Ćorluka, Srna, Vukojević, Rakitić (74' Modrić), Perišić (67' Rebić), Sammir (60' Kovačić), Olić (73' Eduardo), Mandžukić (60' Jelavić). Head coach: Niko Kovač.

Mali: Diakite, Mah. N'Diaye (59' K. Traore), Diawara, Tamboura, I. Coulibaly, Yatabare, Doumbia, Toure, A. Traore (46' Mam. N'Diaye), Dicko (76' K. Coulibaly), Sako (76' Diarra). Head coach: Henryk Kasperczak.


In front of the sold-out Gradski vrt Stadium in Osijek, Croatia managed to beat Mali, with the ticket sales profits to be donated to the victims of the severe floods in Slavonia.

Niko Kovač's men were to be tested after the training camp in Austria, and before the World Cup opening match against Brazil they are to play another international friendly, against Australia.

Olić and Perišić missed the first opportunities, but Croatia took the lead in the 15th minute. Rakitić sent a through ball for Perišić, who beat Diakite one-on-one.

In the second half, Croatia created a couple of chances and doubled the lead. Vrsaljko came close, and in the 64th minute Rakitić's corner was headed by Olić to Perišić, who once again found the net.

The visitors reduced their deficit in the 79th minute, courtesy of K. Traore and Diarra, but could not get an equalizer. Croatia now gets ready to travel to South America.

Friendly, 31.05.2014., Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek
Referees: Istvan Vad (HUN), Robert Kispal (HUN), Oszkar Lemon (HUN)
Fourth referee: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović (CRO)
Croatia
2
Mali
1
1Stipe Pletikosa16Şoumaila Diakite
18Ivica Olić
73'
2Fousseini Diawara
7Ivan Rakitić
74'
13Idrissa Coulibaly
5Vedran Ćorluka21Mahamadou N'Diaye
59'
8Ognjen Vukojević3Adama Tamboura
4Ivan Perišić
17'
64'
67'
14Sambou Yattabare
17Mario Mandžukić
60'
19Birama Toure
11Darijo Srna7Abdou Trabore
46'
21Domagoj Vida
60'
6Tongo Doumbia
13Gordon Schildenfeld10Bakary Sacko
76'
26Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos
60'
11Nouha Dicko
76'
Bench
23Danijel Subašić1Germain Berthe
10Luka Modrić
74'
23Ousmane Coulibaly
6Dejan Lovren20Fantamady Diarra
79'
76'
9Nikica Jelavić
60'
8Mana Dembele
14Marcelo Brozović5Mamoutou N'Diaye
46'
20Mateo Kovačić
60'
9Kalifa Coulibaly
76'
24Šime Vrsaljko
60'
4Kalifa Traore
59'
25Igor Bubnjić18Samba Sow
22Eduardo Alves Da Silva
73'
27Duje Čop
28Mario Pašalić
29Ante Rebić
67'
Coaches
Niko KovačHenry Kasperczak