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National Teams

Perišić and Brozović secure victory

Croatia continues
Osijek and Israel
winning streaks

23.03.2016.
Croatia continues Osijek and Israel winning streaks
photo by: HNS
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Croatia national football team hosted the Israelis in a friendly match in Osijek and started the 2016 with a victory.

CROATIA - ISRAEL 2:0 (2:0)
International friendly.
Gradski Vrt Stadium, Osijek.

Referee: I. Vad (Hungary)

Goals: 1:0 - Perišić (4'), 2:0 - Brozović (34')

Cautions: Gershon (40'), Kehat (60'), Cohen (61')

Croatia: Subašić (46' L. Kalinić), Ćorluka (46' Schildenfeld), Lovren, Vida, Srna (44' Vrsaljko), Brozović, Badelj (51' Halilović), Modrić (68' Antolić), Perišić, Mandžukić, N. Kalinić (57' Kovačić). Head coach: A. Čačić.

Israel: Kleyman, Tibi, B. Bitton (46' Tzedek), Tawatha (67' Saief), Gershon, Kehat (83' Kayal), N. Bitton, Buzaglu (46' Cohen), Ben Chaim (77' Benayoun), Dabbur, Hemed (77' Barda). Head coach: A. Hazan.

The Israeli friendly was an Osijek jubilee, since it was the tenth Croatia's match at the Gradski Vrt Stadium - without defeat, and Ante Čačić's men recorded the eighth win against Israel in nine matches. Croatia prime minister Tihomir Orešković also attended, alongside HNS president Davor Šuker, sports minister Predrag Šustar, and minister of entrepreneurship and crafts Darko Horvat.

However, it was Israel to draw the first blood, hitting the post in an early scramble, yet it was Croatia in the new kit to take the early lead. Brozović found Perišić in the box, and Perišić sent the ball into the upper near corner.

Modrić and Mandžukić then missed promising opportunities, while captain Srna did his defensive job stopping an Israeli effort at the goal-line. Croatia struck the woodwork in 27th minute, and Srna shot wide in the follow-up.

Seven minutes later it was Mandžukić's turn to hit the post, but Brozović took care of the rebound and made it 2:0 for Croatia.

Just before the break, coach Čačić had to replace injured Srna with Vrsaljko, while at half-time he changed the system to 4-4-2 and introduces L. Kalinić between the posts and Schildenfeld in defence.

In the second half, goalie Kalinić gave his contribution saving Cohen and Tibi strikes, while Croatia came near a third in the closing minutes. However, Kovačić and Vrsaljko could not find a way past Kleyman.

Croatian Football Federation will donate the part of the profits from the ticket sales for the restauration of the Vukovar water-tower, the symbol of Croatian unity, and the national team travels to Hungary for a Saturday friendly in Budapest.

23.03.2016., Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek. Spectators: 10545
Referees: Istvan Vad, Mađarska, Peter Berettyan, Mađarska, Gabro Eros, Mađarska
Fourth referee: Ante Vučemilović, Hrvatska
Croatia
2
Israel
0
23Danijel Subašić
46'
1Kleyman Boris
4Ivan Perišić
4'
21Tibi Eytan
19Milan Badelj
50'
20Bitton Ben
46'
17Mario Mandžukić13Tawatha Talb
65'
11Darijo Srna
44'
5Gershon Rami
40'
21Domagoj Vida19Kehat Roi
59'
82'
14Marcelo Brozović
34'
4Bitton Nir
16Nikola Kalinić
56'
11Bar Buzaglo Maor
46'
5Vedran Ćorluka
46'
14Dabbur Muanes
6Dejan Lovren12Ben Chaim Tal
75'
10Luka Modrić
67'
9Hemed Tomer
75'
Bench
12Lovre Kalinić
46'
23Goresh David
1Ivan Vargić18Harush Ariel
15Domagoj Antolić
67'
22Tzedek Shir Meir
46'
2Šime Vrsaljko
44'
3Davidzada Rustan Ofir
7Ivan Rakitić8Cohen Almog
60'
46'
8Mateo Kovačić
56'
17Kenneth Saief Hassan
65'
13Gordon Schildenfeld
46'
15Benayoun Yossi Shai
75'
18Alen Halilović
50'
7Kayal Beram
82'
10Barda Elyaniv Felix
75'
Coaches
Ante ČačićHazan Alon
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