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National Teams

The Vatreni remain top of the group

Three goals, three
points: A beautiful
Croatian night in

Three goals, three points: A beautiful Croatian night in Split
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Croatia national football team defeated Hungary 3:0 in Split, making another important step on the road towards EURO 2020.

EURO 2020 qualifying, Group E.
Poljud Stadium, Split.

Referee: D. Orsato (Italy)

Goals: 1:0 - Modrić (5'), 2:0 - Petković (24'), 3:0 - Petković (42')

Cautions: Kleinheisler (18'), D. Vida (31'), Brozović (45'), Lovrencsics (82')

Sent off: Kleinheisler (56')

Croatia: Livaković, Barišić, D. Vida, Lovren, Jedvaj, Brozović, Modrić (67' Kovačić), Perišić (60' Brekalo), Rakitić (74' Vlašić), Rebić, Petković. Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Hungary: Gulacsi, Kadar (46' Lang), Orban, Korhut, Lovrencsics, M. Vida, Kleinheisler, Sallai (76' Varga), Holman, Dzsudzsak (60' Nagy), Szalai. Head coach: M. Rossi.

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In its sixth Group E outing, Croatia secured a fourth victory, responding to the Hungarian win in Budapest this March (2:1) and remaining top of the group with two more matches to go.

Following the opening efforts by Modrić and Perišić, Croatia captain managed to steal the ball in midfield and then beat the Hungarian goalkeeper in one-on-one situation.

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On 24 minutes, Rebić found Petković with a low cross, and Croatia striker reacted briliantly with a cheeky backheel to double the hosts' lead.

Gulacsi intervened on 40 minutes, when Petković tried from close range, but No. 20 made amends two minutes later, converting Perišić's cross from the right to make it 3:0 at halftime.

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Ten minutes after the restart, Rebić was fouled in the box, but Perišić's strike from the spot was saved by Gulacsi. Soon afterwards, Kleinheisler was sent off due to a second bookable offense.

Zlatko Dalić's men were comfortably cruising towards the final whistle, with Rebić coming close to a fourth goal, but the final score remained 3:0.

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Simultaneously, Slovakia and Wales shared the spoils (1:1), while Croatia visits Wales on Sunday in Cardiff.

EURO 2020 qualifying, Group E:
1. Croatia 13 (6)
2. Slovakia 10 (6)
3. Hungary 9 (6)
4. Wales 7 (5)
5. Azerbaijan 1 (5)

Euro 2020. - qualifiers, 10.10.2019., Poljud, Split. Spectators: 32110
Referees: Daniele Orsato (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
1Dominik Livaković1Peter Gulacsi
10Luka Modrić
7Balazs Dzsudzsak
6Dejan Lovren9Adam Szalai
7Ivan Rakitić
4Tamás Kádár
4Ivan Perišić
3Mihaly Korhut
21Domagoj Vida
15Laszlo Kleinheisler
18Ante Rebić19Dávid Holman
11Marcelo Brozović
6Willi Orban
16Tin Jedvaj14Gergő Lovrencsics
20Bruno Petković
8Máté Vida
3Borna Barišić20Roland Sallai
12Lovre Kalinić22Adam Kovacsik
23Simon Sluga12Denes Dibusz
19Milan Badelj21Róbert Feczesin
14Mile Škorić11Krisztian Nemeth
8Mateo Kovačić
17Roland Varga
9Mislav Oršić10Istvan Kovacs
15Mario Pašalić16Endre Botka
5Dino Perić5János Ferenczi
17Josip Brekalo
13Dávid Sigér
13Nikola Vlašić
2Ádám Lang
22Karlo Bartolec18Dominik Nagy
2Dario Melnjak23Filip Holender
Dalić ZlatkoRossi Marco

As the national team meets in Split, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić held a press conference regarding the upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers with Hungary and Wales.

"It is crucial that Croatia does not depend on other results. We need five or six more points to reach EURO 2020, and we proceed step by step. Hungary is definitely a confident, motivated team, but if Croatia repeats the performance from Slovakia, we should prevail. We have to find a way to breach their defence and remain careful during their set-pieces. Moreover, Croatia will use 15 or 16 players during this international break, because Wales will also be a tough challenge. We have enough options and need to make right decisions"

"I am happy to have Rakitić back, Vlašić is in top form, and captain Modrić has recovered from injured and scored a spectacular goal to boost his confidence. All the players give their best for the national team, even when they lack the optimal rhythm. We have to believe in ourselves, in our work, in our unity, and in a positive outcome, just like we did at the World Cup. I expect great support in Split - the tickets would have been sold out for a 100,000-seat stadium - as well as an interesting encounter and Croatia's victory"


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