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National Teams

Friendly in Varaždin

Croatia easily
overcomes Gibraltar:
"Mission
accomplished"

07.06.2015.
Croatia easily overcomes Gibraltar: "Mission accomplished"
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Preparing for the Italy qualifier on Friday, Croatia defeated Gibraltar 4:0 in a friendly match in Varaždin.

CROATIA - GIBRALTAR 4:0 (2:0)
Friendly match.
NK Varaždin Stadium, Varaždin.

Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Goalscorers: 1:0 - Sharbini (7'), 2:0 - Kovačić (15'), 3:0 - Mandžukić (53' - 11m), 4:0 - Kramarić (77')

Yellow cards: Jedvaj (31'), Bosio (53')

Croatia: Subašić, Vrsaljko, Jedvaj, Lešković, Leovac, Badelj (65' Jajalo), Pjaca (57' Perišić), Brozović (65' Pašalić), Kovačić (46' Rebić), Sharbini (46' Kramarić), Mandžukić (57' Kalinić). Manager: N. Kovač.

Gibraltar: Perez (46' Robba), Bosio, Garcia (75' Lopez), R. Casciaro, Rovegno (46' Chipolina), Bardon (46' Sergeant), Walker, Guiling, Priestley, Duarte (46' Coombes), Gosling (5' K. Casciaro). Manager: D. Wilson.

As expected, Croatia took the initiative from the first minute and scored an early goal in compliance with manager Kovač's wishes.

Seven minutes into the game, Vrsaljko found Sharbini to easily put the ball home. In 15th minute, Kovačić also struck with a cheeky strike from inside the box following Jedvaj's long ball from defence.

Croatia had clear advantage in possession, shots on goal and corners, while Gibraltar goalie Perez shined with an excellent performance, stopping home team's efforts.

In the second half, Croatia slowed down and still managed to score two more. It was Mandžukić who converted the penalty kick in 53rd minute, and Kramarić headed in to wrap things up to 4:0 in Varaždin.

"We really like what we have seen, especially in the first half. We had plenty of chances, and there were positives from the second half too. It was important for me to see my players in a friendly match after a long, difficult club season", said Croatia manager Niko Kovač.

"Croatia had nice support from the almost full crowd, and I believe people have enjoyed the match. Therefore, our mission is accomplished, and Mandžukić worked for himself and the entire team, finally scored a goal and this should provide him with enough self-confidence ahead of the Italy encounter", concluded Kovač.

Friendly, 07.06.2015., Stadion NK Varaždin, Varaždin. Spectators: 7737
Referees: Matej Jug (SLO), Andraž Kovačič (SLO), Manuel Vidali (SLO)
Fourth referee: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Croatia
4
Gibraltar
0
23Danijel Subašić1Jordan Perez
46'
2Šime Vrsaljko2Jamie Bosio
53'
6Marko Lešković20Jean Carlos Garcia
75'
10Anas Sharbini
7'
46'
5Ryan Casciaro
13Marko Pjaca
57'
16Justin Rovegno
46'
14Marcelo Brozović
65'
17Anthony Bardon
46'
16Tin Jedvaj
31'
10Liam Walker
17Mario Mandžukić
53'
57'
21Robert Guiling
19Milan Badelj
65'
15Adam Priestley
20Mateo Kovačić
15'
46'
18John Paul Duarte
46'
22Marin Leovac11Jake Gosling
75'
Bench
1Ivan Vargić13Jamie Robba
46'
12Lovre Kalinić23Liam Neale
3Danijel Pranjić7Lee Casciaro
4Ivan Perišić
57'
9Kyle Casciaro
75'
7Nikola Kalinić
57'
14Jesse Victory
8Marko Rog12Jeremy Lopez
75'
9Andrej Kramarić
77'
46'
4John Jack Sergeant
46'
11Ivan Tomečak3Joseph Chipolina
46'
15Ante Rebić
46'
19Jamie Coombes
46'
21Mato Jajalo
65'
24Mario Pašalić
65'
25Mario Šitum
Coaches
Niko KovačDavid Wilson
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