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National Teams

Rog with two assists

Vida and Mitrović
secure Jordan
friendly victory

15.10.2018.
Vida and Mitrović secure Jordan friendly victory
photo by: HNS
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Croatia national football team has completed October challenges with a friendly win over Jordan in Rijeka.

CROATIA - JORDAN 2:1 (1:0)
Friendly international.
HNK Rijeka Stadium, Rijeka.

Referee: S. Szabo (Hungary)

Goals: 1:0 - Vida (24'), 2:0 - Mitrović (62'), 2:1 - Faisal (73')

Cautions: Al Mardi (41'), Bartolec (45+1'), Jedvaj (79'), Khattab (85'), Rog (90+1')

Croatia: Livaković, Milić (46' Pivarić), Vida, Lovren (46' Mitrović), Bartolec (64' Jedvaj), Badelj (46' Bradarić), Pašalić, Rog, Kramarić (67' Santini), Pjaca, Rebić (64' Livaja). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Jordan: Yaseen, Khattab, Marei, Al Arab, Shilbaya, Bani Attiah, Al Samarneh (64' Al Murjan), Al Bakhit, Al Mardi (72' Al Rawashdeh), Khadr (64' Faisal), Al Tamari (90' Rateb). Head coach: V. Borkelmans.

Following the goalless draw with England in UEFA Nations League, the vice-champions of the world have hosted Jordan national team in Rijeka and secured a 2:1 friendly victory.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić selected a team without Modrić, Rakitić, Perišić, and Kovačić, who have returned to their respective clubs, and it was Vida who took over as the team captain.

Kramarić, Rebić, and Bartolec were presented with chances in the opening minutes, Al Tamari soon responded, and Croatia took the lead on 24 minutes. It was Rog with a corner kick, and captain Vida with a quality header.

The home side started the second half with three substitutions - Pivarić, Mitrović, and Bradarić - while Pjaca and Mitrović came close to scoring the second goal. Finally, it happened on 62 minutes: Mitrović scored a header after another Rog's cross.

Later on, Jedvaj, Livaja, and Santini came on for Croatia, and Jordan scored a consolation goal on 73 minutes. Faisal's free kick was deflected past Livaković.

Croatia meets again in November to play the remaining UEFA Nations League fixtures, against Spain in Zagreb and against England at Wembley.

15.10.2018., Rujevica, Rijeka
Referees: Sandor Ando Szabo, Hungary, Zsolt Varga, Hungary, Oszkar Lemon, Hungary
Fourth referee: Fran Jović, Croatia
Croatia
2
Jordan
1
1Dominik Livaković22Yassin Moataz
9Andrej Kramarić
66'
3Khattab Tarek
85'
6Dejan Lovren
45'
5Arab Yazan
18Ante Rebić
63'
17Mari Baraa
15Mario Pašalić2Shalbaya Firas
20Marko Pjaca16Marde Mahmoud
72'
3Antonio Milić
45'
15Samarna Obaida
40'
64'
19Milan Badelj
45'
13Bani Attieh Khalil
21Domagoj Vida
24'
11Bakhit Yacine
2Karlo Bartolec
45'
63'
10al-Tamari Musa
89'
11Marko Rog
90'
20Al-Qara Odai
64'
Bench
12Simon Sluga12Abdalsattar Ahmed
14Filip Bradarić
45'
1Zo'obi Abdullah
5Matej Mitrović
63'
45'
19Jonathan Tamimi
16Tin Jedvaj
79'
63'
21Al-DUmeiri Mohammad
22Josip Pivarić
45'
18Daldoum Ibrahim
17Ivan Santini
66'
6Morgan Said
64'
13Marko Livaja
63'
4Abderahman Baha
8Al Nabar Yousef
14Rateb Salah
89'
9Faisal Bahaa
73'
64'
23Ersan Ahmed
7AlRawashda Youseef
72'
Coaches
Zlatko DalićVital Borkelmans

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić and defender Domagoj Vida held a press conference regarding the upcoming friendly international with Jordan.

Zlatko Dalić

"This match will be useful, to give an opportunity to the players who have played less in the national team. They will have a chance to secure their place within the squad in the next matches. I hope for a full crowd, a nice atmosphere, a good performance, and Croatia's victory. Due to minor injury, Kovačić joins Modrić, Rakitić, and Perišić in returning to their respective clubs, and barring other problems, Livaković, Bartolec, Vida, Lovren, Milić, Badelj, Pašalić, Rog, Kramarić, Pjaca and Rebić are the starting lineup. In the second half, Jedvaj, Mitrović, Santini, Livaja, and Bradarić come on. We have seen a video of Jordan, and I know two of their players - one really fast, similar to Sterling. Jordan will try to outplay us, seeking a positive result. Croatia as the World Cup runner-up is now a target, an extra motivation for every opponent, and we must retain our reputation playing at a maximum level. We are now in a winless streak, and we have to start winning. I hope we can play well"

Domagoj Vida

"Being the captain is a special honour, pleasure, and joy. To lead Croatia is an extra motivation, and I would like to thank the head coach for trusting me. Of course, this friendly will be a quality test for some players who are not always in Croatia's starting lineup. We are looking forward to finally have home fans' support, and I hope for a good performance as well, and a win over Jordan, and an enjoyable evening for all the spectators"