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National Teams

Cyprus defeated in Pula

Mandžukić brace
crowns good Croatian
performance

04.09.2014.
Mandžukić brace crowns good Croatian performance
photo by: HNS
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Preparing for the start of the EURO 2016 qualifying campaing, Croatia beat Cyprus 2:0 in an international friendly match in Pula.

CROATIA - CYPRUS 2:0 (1:0)
International friendly.
Aldo Drosina Stadium, Pula.

Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

Goalscorers: 1:0 - Mandžukić (18'), 2:0 - Mandžukić (58')

Yellow cards: Pašalić (63')

Croatia: Subašić, Strinić, Lovren, Ćorluka (69' Vida), Srna (78' Jedvaj), Modrić (61' Čop), Brozović, Kovačić (78' Pjaca), Halilović (69' Olić), Kramarić, Mandžukić (61' Pašalić). Izbornik: N. Kovač.

Cyprus: Giorgallidis (46' Kissas), Mertakkas, Makris, Alexandrou (70' Aloneftis), Sielis, Artymatas (46' Kyriakou), Charalambous, Angeli, Charalambides (61' Makridis), Aresti (50' Nikolau), Efrem (53' Christofi). Izbornik: C. Christodoulou

In its first match after the World Cup appearance in Brazil, Croatia entertained Cyprus in Pula and won 2:0.

Playful Croatia posed a serious threat to Cyprus goal from the very beginning. Halilović, Kramarić and Kovačić came close in the opening minutes, while Brozović header rattled the crossbar in 12th minute. Soon afterwards, Halilović almost surprised Giorgallidis from a free-kick.

Croatian supporters at Aldo Drosina Stadium finally celebrated a goal in 18th minute, when Modrić's perfect pass to Kramarić ended at Mandžukić's feet. Atletico Madrid striker easily put the ball into the net.

Cypriots had two corner kicks, and a promising counterattack a couple of minutes before the break, when Charalambides missed a good opportunity.

Still in the first half, Kramarić, Halilović and Madžukić all tried again to beat Giorgallidis, but Croatia took a one-goal lead to the second half.

Niko Kovač's men doubled their lead in 58th minute. Kovačić broke through Cyprus defence, and Mandžukić calmly waited for the rebound to make it 2:0.

Pašalić, Čop, Jedvaj and Pjaca made their first senior Croatia appearance, while goalkeeper Subašić made his contribution with an excellent save five minutes before the end, after a Christofi header from close range.

Croatia's victory could have been even more convincing, yet Pjaca hit the crossbar with an overhead kick in the dying minutes.

On Tuesday, Croatia will play Malta at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

Friendly, 04.09.2014., 'ALDO DROSINA', Pula. Spectators: 6000
Referees: Marco Guida (ITA), Alessandro Giallatini (ITA), Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth referee: Marin Vidulin (CRO)
Croatia
2
Cyprus
0
23Danijel Subašić1Antonis Giorgallidis
46'
5Vedran Ćorluka
69'
19Eleftherios Mertakkas
6Dejan Lovren20Antreas Makris
8Alen Halilović
69'
11Nektarios Alexandrou
69'
10Luka Modrić
60'
5Valentinos Sielis
11Darijo Srna
78'
18Kostakis Artymatas
46'
14Marcelo Brozović3Elias Charalambous
15Ivan Strinić6Angelis Angeli
17Mario Mandžukić
17'
58'
60'
10Constantinos Charalambides
60'
20Mateo Kovačić
78'
16Georgios Aresti
50'
22Andrej Kramarić17Giorgos Efrem
53'
Bench
1Ivan Vargić22Giorgos Loizou
12Lovre Kalinić12Tasos Kissas
46'
2Šime Vrsaljko13Konstantinos Makridis
60'
3Danijel Pranjić8Charalambos Kyriacou
46'
4Tin Jedvaj
78'
2Dossa Junior
9Nikica Jelavić14Vincent Laban
13Duje Čop
60'
15Marios Antoniades
18Ivica Olić
69'
4Giorgos Merkis
19Marko Pjaca
78'
9Dimitris Christofi
53'
21Domagoj Vida
69'
7Efstathios Aloneftis
69'
24Hrvoje Milić23Marios Nikolaou
50'
25Mario Pašalić
60'
60'
21Georgios Kolokoudias
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