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National Teams

Croatia's first UNL victory in 2020

Vlašić and Kramarić
break Swedish
resistance in Zagreb

11.10.2020.
Vlašić and Kramarić break Swedish resistance in Zagreb
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Following the visits to European and world champions, Croatia hosted Sweden in its first home challenge in the second edition of the UEFA Nations League - and celebrated the first victory.

CROATIA - SWEDEN 2:1 (1:0)
UEFA Nations League, Group A3.
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb.

Referee: J. Beaton (Scotland)

Goals: 1:0 - Vlašić (32'), 1:1 - Berg (66'), 2:1 - Kramarić (84')

Cautions: Kovačić (2'), Brozović (45')

Croatia: Livaković, Melnjak (75' Kramarić), Ćaleta-Car, Lovren, Uremović, Brozović, Vlašić, Modrić, Kovačić (61' Pašalić), Perišić (85' Petković), Brekalo (74' Bradarić). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Jansson, Lindelöf, Augustinsson, Kuluševski, K. Olsson, Ekdal (83' S. Larsson), Forsberg, Berg, Isak (65' Claesson). Head coach: J. Andersson. 

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Croatia national football team managed to return to winning ways in this year's UEFA Nations League, overcoming strong Sweden's challenge in Zagreb.

In the subborn rain, Brekalo's goal on ten minutes was ruled offside, while Modrić, Kuluševski, and Vlašić tested goalkeepers Livaković and Olsen. Perišić fierce effort went over the bar, and on 32 minutes Croatia managed to take the lead.

Modrić made a crucial interception in the midfield, Perišić bursted forward on the left, found Brekalo who left the ball to Vlašić, and it was his low effort that finished off the move (1:0).

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Vlašić had another opportunity before the break, but in the second half Sweden's performance improved, and Livaković was soon called to action on the goal-line.

Brekalo and Perišić responded for Croatia, yet Olsen was excellent between his posts, and the visitors equalized on 66 minutes with a fine move finished off by unguarded Berg.

With Claesson coming on, Sweden came close to scoring the second on several occassions, but Croatian defenders and goalie Livaković kept the ball out. Finally, ten minutes after entering the field, Kramarić scored the winner - following Ćaleta-Car's long pass forward and Perišić's skillful assist.

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France and Portugal meet later tonight, while Croatia hosts world champions France at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on Wednesday.

UEFA Nations League, Group A3:
1. Portugal 6 (2)
2. France 6 (2)
3. Croatia 3 (3)
4. Sweden 0 (3)

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Nations League - group stage, 11.10.2020., Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb. Spectators: 2020
Referees: John Beaton (SCO), Douglas Potter (SCO), Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
Fourth referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Croatia
2
Sweden
1
1Dominik Livaković1Robin Patrick Olsen
10Luka Modrić2Mikael Lustig
6Dejan Lovren9Bengt Erik Markus Berg
66'
4Ivan Perišić
85'
8Albin Ekdal
83'
8Mateo Kovačić
2'
61'
18Pontus Jansson
11Marcelo Brozović
45'
10Emil Forsberg
5Duje Ćaleta-Car6Ludwig Augustinsson
7Josip Brekalo
74'
20Mats Kristoffer Olsson
13Nikola Vlašić
32'
3Victor Nilsson Lindelöf
22Dario Melnjak
74'
11Alexander Isak
65'
2Filip Uremović15Dejan Kulusevski
Bench
23Simon Sluga23Kristoffer Nordfeldt
12Ivo Grbić12Karl-Johan Johnsson
19Milan Badelj7Sebastian Larsson
94'+4'
83'
21Domagoj Vida13Martin Olsson
9Andrej Kramarić
84'
74'
5Pierre Bengtsson
18Mislav Oršić19Mattias Erik Johansson
16Tin Jedvaj17Victor Claesson
65'
15Mario Pašalić
61'
16Emil Kraft
14Ante Budimir4Sebastian Holmén
20Bruno Petković
85'
14Mattias Svanberg
17Marko Rog22Jordan Larsson
3Domagoj Bradarić
74'
21Ken Sema
Coaches
Nenad GračanJan Andersson
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