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National Teams

Croatia celebrates in Dallas

Rakitić converts
penalty for another
friendly win over
Mexico

28.03.2018.
Rakitić converts penalty for another friendly win over Mexico
photo by: Hard Rock Stadium
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In Dallas, the Vatreni faced Mexico once again and continued their winning streak in friendly encounters with El Tri.

MEXICO - CROATIA 0:1 (0:0)
International friendly.
AT&T Stadium, Dallas, USA.

Referee: M. Escobar (Guatemala)

Goals: 0:1 - Rakitić (62' - 11m)

Cautions: -

Mexico: Ochoa, Ayala, Araujo (16' Reyes, 46' Salcedo, 67' Alvarez), Moreno, Pizarro (46' Layun), Guardado (60' Jimenez), Govea (46' Molina), Jo. Hernandez, Vela, Ja. Hernandez, Lozano. Head coach: J.C. Osorio.

Croatia: L. Kalinić, Pivarić, Ćorluka (74' Nižić), Vida, Vrsaljko (34' Jedvaj), Badelj (45+2' Bradarić), Rakitić (76' Čop), Pjaca (60' Rog), Kovačić, Rebić (72' Pašalić), Kramarić. Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Croatia national football team has already overcome Mexican friendly challenges in 1992, 1999, and 2017, with Zlatko Dalić's men repeating the pattern at the AT&T Stadium, in a preparation match for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

In Dallas, the Vatreni were without Modrić, Subašić, Mandžukić, Perišić, Brozović, and N. Kalinić, while the key moment in a mutually contested match came on 62 minutes, when captain Rakitić converted a penalty kick, following a foul on Jedvaj.

 

 

Earlier, Kramarić was close on 12 minutes when his shot went over the bar, and Rebić effort followed soon afterwards. Mexico goalie Ochoa was further tested in the closing minutes of the first half by Ćorluka and Pivarić. J.C. Osorio's men enjoyed possession, but it was Croatia that created better opportunities.

In the second half, Vela, Lozano, and Jimenez targeted L. Kalinić on Croatia's goal, with Croatia's defensive block doing some quality work. Ten minutes before time, Pašalić found open space to score the second, but aimed too high.

Moreover, head coach Dalić introduced six more players from the bench to have a clear picture of his options two months before the final preparations stage for the FIFA World Cup.

Two more friendlies are scheduled for Croatia before the journey to Russia: on 3 June in England against Brazil, and on 8 June in Osijek against Senegal.

27.03.2018.. Spectators: 79128
Referees: Mario Escobar (Guatemala), Ronald De La Cruz (Guatemala), Kyle Atkins (SAD)
Fourth referee: Drew Fischer (SAD)
Mexico
0
Croatia
1
13Guillermo Ochoa12Lovre Kalinić
2Nestor Araujo
16'
9Andrej Kramarić
15Hector Moreno7Ivan Rakitić
62'
75'
18Andres Guardado
60'
8Mateo Kovačić
11Carlos Vela5Vedran Ćorluka
74'
14Javier Hernandez2Šime Vrsaljko
35'
24Jorge Hernandez18Ante Rebić
71'
8Hirving Lozano20Marko Pjaca
60'
20Omar Govea
46'
22Josip Pivarić
4Hugo Ayala19Milan Badelj
45'
25Rodolfo Pizarro
46'
21Domagoj Vida
Bench
12Alfredo Talavera1Dominik Livaković
1Jesus Corona24Filip Bradarić
45'
19Oribe Peralta13Tin Jedvaj
35'
23Jesus Molina
46'
26Mario Pašalić
71'
3Carlos Salcedo
46'
69'
3Ivan Strinić
9Raul Jimenez
60'
14Duje Čop
75'
6Oswaldo Alanis15Marko Rog
60'
7Miguel Layun
46'
25Zoran Nižić
74'
17Jesus Corona
26Jonathan Gonzalez
22Edson Alvarez
69'
5Diego Reyes
16'
46'
10Marco Fabian
21Jesus Gallardo
Coaches
Juan Carlos OsorioZlatko Dalić