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National Teams

Success in a historic match

Persistent Croatia
overcomes Mexico, Čop
and Tudor secure
victory

28.05.2017.
Persistent Croatia overcomes Mexico, Čop and Tudor secure victory
photo by: HNS
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In Los Angeles, Croatia national football team took on Mexico in its first international match on North American soil, and won 2:1.

MEXICO - CROATIA 1:2 (0:2)
International friendly.
Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles.

Referee: B. Toledo (USA)

Goals: 0:1 - Čop (36'), 0:2 - Tudor (37'), 1:2 - J. Hernandez (87')

Cautions: L. Reyes (10'), Škorić (64'), Barišić (86'), Čop (90+3')

Sent off: Škorić (77')

Mexico: Ochoa, L. Reyes (80' Gallardo), Moreno, D. Reyes (46' Araujo), Layun, E. Hernandez (54' Vela), Gutierrez (46' Dos Santos), Molina (46' Guardado), Herrera, Lozano, Peralta (66' J. Hernandez). Head coach: J. Osorio.

Croatia: Kalinić, Barišić, Filipović, Nižić, Jedvaj, Šunjić, Vlašić (90' Miloš), Škorić, Tudor (71' Kolinger), Santini (83' Katić), Čop (90+3' Majer). Head coach: A. Čačić

For the first time since gaining independence, Croatia visited North America, to play an international friendly against Mexico at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Croatia internationals marked the occasion - with a quality performance and a victory. 

Following the initial Mexican pressure, Croatia was quick to regain balance and start threaten Ochoa in Mexico goal. Corner kicks were productive, and on 22 minutes Filipović headed just wide.

Croatia managed to take the lead on 36 minutes, when Tudor evaded the offside trap and found captain Čop, who was left with a simple task to score. 

A minute later, Tudor himself became the executor, punishing the careless Mexican defence and leaving Croatia with a 2:0 lead at half-time.

After the break, Mexico manager Osorio introduced his superstars, and Mexico took control. However, Croatia goalie Kalinić did very well to stop E. Hernandez effort, Guardado's free kick and Peralta header.

On 77 minutes, Škorić was sent off following his second bookable offence, and Jedvaj was forced to clear a Mexican attempt off the line.

Mexico finally scored in 87th minute, when J. Hernandez headed in from a set-piece, but Croatia goalie produced more excellent saves to prevent the equalizer, including a close-range Moreno header.

Croatia is now three out of three in Mexico friendlies, while the national team focus turns to FIFA World Cup qualifier at Iceland on 11 June.

27.05.2017.. Spectators: 62317
Referees: Baldomero Toledo (USA), Jeffrey Hosking (USA), Eduardo Mariscal (USA)
Fourth referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Mexico
1
Croatia
2
13Guillermo Ochoa12Lovre Kalinić
10Elias Hernandez
54'
13Tin Jedvaj
6Hirving Lozano11Fran Tudor
37'
70'
20Erick Gutierrez
46'
14Duje Čop
36'
90'
3Luis Reyes
80'
5Jakov Filipović
15Hector Moreno3Borna Barišić
21Jesus Molina
46'
4Ivan Šunjić
5Diego Reyes
46'
7Nikola Vlašić
89'
16Hector Herrera8Mile Škorić
64'
77'
7Miguel Layun9Ivan Santini
82'
19Oribe Peralta
66'
6Zoran Nižić
Bench
12Alfredo Talavera1Antun Marković
23Jesus Gallardo
80'
2Nikola Katić
82'
2Nestor Araujo
46'
10Lovro Majer
90'
14Javier Hernandez
86'
66'
15Denis Kolinger
70'
17Jesus Manuel Corona16Mato Miloš
89'
18Andres Guardado
46'
8Jonathan Dos Santos
46'
22Jorge Hernandez
9Raul Lopez
4Rafael Marquez
11Carlos Vela
54'
Coaches
Juan Carlos OsorioAnte Čačić