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National Teams

A bit of luck decides the winner

Chile tops Croatia
in the penalty
shootout: "It could
have ended
differently"

11.01.2017.
Chile tops Croatia in the penalty shootout: "It could have ended differently"
photo by: China Football Association
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Croatia national football team lost to Chile in the China Cup semifinal penalty shootout, with the head coach Ante Čačić happy with what how his players have performed.

CHILE - CROATIA 5:2 (1:1, 1:0)
China Cup, semifinals.
Guangxi Stadium, Nanning.

Referee: F. Ming (China)

Referee: 1:0 - Pinares (18'), 1:1 - Andrijašević (77')

Goals: Ozobić (53'), Filipović (59')

Penalties: 2:1 - Vargas, 2:2 - Pivarić, 3:2 - Galdames, Antolić - Toselli saves, 4:2 - Beausejour, Marić - Toselli saves, 5:2 - Ramos

Chile: Toselli, Opazo, Diaz, Maripan, Beausejour, Carmona (83' Galdames), Pavez (90+2' Caroca), Pinares (83' Sagal), Fuenzalida (70' Ramos), Valencia, Vargas. Head coach: J. A. Pizzi.

Croatia: Livaković, Pivarić, Barać, Filipović, Matas, Antolić, Ozobić (57' Tudor), Andrijašević (90' Ivanušec), Šitum (64' Barišić), Mišić, Perošević (57' Marić). Head coach: A. Čačić.

Following the Iceland victory over hosts China in the first semifinal, Chile and Croatia clashed to determine the second China Cup finalist.

Chile took the lead after 18 minutes, when Vargas found Pinares who slotted home with a low shot. Croatia responded through Andrijašević and Filipović headers, while Livaković pulled off a couple of excellent saves to prevent Chile from doubling the advantage.

Searching for an equalizer, Marić and Antolić tried to find the target in the second half, and Livaković twice stopped Vargas in clear goalscoring opportunities.

Finally, Andrijašević scored to make it 1:1 in 77th minute after Tudor's cross from the right, but Chile went on to win the penalty shootout. Toselli saved Antolić' and Marić efforts, leaving captain Pivarić as the only converter for Croatia. On the other hand, Vargas, Galdames, Beausejour, and Ramos all failed to make a mistake.

"Considering opponent's strength and the importance of the match, we can be happy with what we have seen. My team has played well after basically just one training session. Chile has a more standardized team, enjoyed longer preparations, and we congratulate them for reaching the final. It could have ended differently, Croatia had its chances, and finally it was a bit of luck and calmer penalty converting that decided the winner", said Croatia head coach Ante Čačić.

"We have watched China - Iceland match, and I was pleasantly surprised by the China's style of play for the first 60 minutes. Iceland is, however, more experienced, and managed to win in the final half an hour. Now we have to see if there are any consequences for my players after this match. China had one day more to rest, and I will convey the spotted weakness to my players, as well as many quality things China has presented", concluded Čačić.

Friendly, 11.01.2017.
Referees: Fu Ming, Kina, Ma Ji, Kina, Cao Yi, Kina
Fourth referee: Ma Ning, Kina
Chile
5
Croatia
2
1Cristopher Toselli1Dominik Livaković
3Oscar Opazo7Mario Šitum
64'
5Paulo Diaz8Domagoj Antolić
6José Pedro Fuenzalida
70'
10Franko Andrijašević
77'
90'
7Leonardo Valencia11Antonio Perošević
57'
8Carlos Carmona
83'
15Josip Mišić
11Eduardo Vargas18Filip Ozobić
53'
57'
14Esteban Pavez
90'+2'
19Josip Pivarić
15Jean Beausejour5Mateo Barać
20Guillermo Maripán6Nikola Matas
21César Pinares
18'
83'
13Jakov Filipović
59'
Bench
12Gabriel Castellón12Andrej Prskalo
23Dario Melo4Toni Datković
2Cristian Cuevas9Mirko Marić
57'
4Branco Ampuero14Luka Ivanušec
90'
9Angelo Sagal
83'
16Fran Tudor
57'
10Junior Fernandes3Borna Barišić
64'
13Pablo Galdames
83'
17Josip Juranović
17Rafael Caroca
90'+2'
19Alvaro Ramos
70'
22Angelo Heriquez
Coaches
Juan Antonio PizziAnte Čačić