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National Teams

UEFA Nations League

France continues the
winning streak
against Croatia

14.10.2020.
France continues the winning streak against Croatia
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On Wednesday, Croatia national football team faced the current world champions France for the eighth time, and remains without a victory.

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

Referee: B. Kuipers (Netherlands)

Goals: 0:1 - Griezmann (8'), 1:1 - Vlašić (65'), 1:2 - Mbappe (79')

Cautions: Digne (5'), Vlašić (5'), Uremović (57'), Pogba (90+1'), Lovren (90+2')

Croatia: Livaković, Barišić, Vida, Lovren, Uremović, Modrić, Badelj (46' Kovačić), Perišić (78' Bradarić), Vlašić (80' Kramarić), Pašalić (46' Brekalo), Petković (61' Budimir). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

France: Lloris, Digne (83' Hernandez), Lenglet, Varane, Mendy, Rabiot (74' Pogba), Nzonzi, Tolisso (63' Camavinga), Martial (63' Coman), Griezmann (83' Giroud), Mbappe. Head coach: D. Deschamps.

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Following a friendly win in Switzerland and Nations League success against Sweden, Zlatko Dalić's men hosted France - the team with a W5 D2 record against Croatia.

France took the lead just eight minutes into the game, when Griezmann powerfully turned a rebound into the opening goal.

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Soon afterwards, Mbappe missed a glorious opportunity, while Lovren responded with a header, and Perišić with a free kick. Pašalić came incredibly close on the half-an-hour mark, but Lloris intervened.

In the second half, Croatia continued to seek the equalizer, and Vlašić was quick to try a long-distance shot. On 65 minutes, Modrić activated Brekalo, who makes an assist by providing the ball to Vlašić - and Croatia midfielder makes a skilled move to make it 1:1.

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The hosts were actively searching the second goal, yet when Pogba came off the bench, Livaković was called to duty and saved the day. Unfortunately, on 79 minutes, Pogba's long ball to Digne was forwarded to Mbappe, who easily converts (2:1).

Croatia did not stop, but Lloris prevented Kovačić and Kramarić from scoring in the closing minutes, and France takes all three points home.

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In the other Group A3 encounter, Portugal hosted Sweden and celebrated a 3:0 win. The group stage is set to be completed next month, with Croatia visiting Sweden in Solna (14 November) and hosting Portugal in Split (17 November). Moreover, Croatia will play a friendly in Turkey (11 November).

UEFA Nations League, Group A3:
1. Portugal 10 (4)
2. France 10 (4)
3. Croatia 3 (4)
4. Sweden 0 (4)

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Nations League - group stage, 14.10.2020., Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb. Spectators: 6266
Referees: Bjorn Kuipers (NED), Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk (NED)
Croatia
1
France
2
1Dominik Livaković1Hugo Lloris
10Luka Modrić15Steven Nzonzi
19Milan Badelj
46'
17Lucas Digne
4'
83'
6Dejan Lovren
92'+2'
7Antoine Griezmann
8'
83'
4Ivan Perišić
78'
4Raphael Varane
21Domagoj Vida5Clément Lenglet
15Mario Pašalić
46'
19Anthony Martial
63'
20Bruno Petković
61'
8Adrien Rabiot
74'
13Nikola Vlašić
5'
64'
80'
12Corentin Tolisso
63'
3Borna Barišić10Kylian Mbappe Lottin
79'
2Filip Uremović
56'
20Ferland Mendy
Bench
23Simon Sluga16Steve Mandanda
12Ivo Grbić23Mike Maignan
9Andrej Kramarić
80'
6Paul Labile Pogba
91'+1'
74'
8Mateo Kovačić
46'
9Olivier Giroud
83'
18Mislav Oršić18Kurt Happy Zouma
11Antonio Mirko Čolak22Wissam Ben Yedder
14Ante Budimir
61'
11Kingsley, Junior Coman
63'
5Duje Ćaleta-Car21Lucas Hernandez
83'
7Josip Brekalo
46'
3Presnel Kimpembe
17Marko Rog13Houssem Aouar
22Dario Melnjak2Benjamin Pavard
16Domagoj Bradarić
78'
14Eduardo Camavinga
63'
Coaches
Nenad Gračan(-)
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