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National Teams

Modrić equals Srna's record

Croatia left
empty-handed in
Slovenia

24.03.2021.
Croatia left empty-handed in Slovenia
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In its opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Croatia lost to its neighbouring hosts 1:0.

SLOVENIA - CROATIA 0:0 (0:0)
2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Group H.
Stožice, Ljubljana.

Referee: A. Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Goals: 1:0 - Lovrić (15')

Cautions: Barišić (24'), Brozović (35'), Kurtić (61'), Vrsaljko (65'), Vida (67'), Budimir (76'), Mevlja (77')

Slovenia: Oblak, Balkovec, Mevlja, Blažič, Stojanović, Kurtić, Lovrić (87' Bajrić), Bijol (69' Vetrih), Iličić (87' Skubic), Bohar (64' Črnigoj), Šporar (69' Kramer). Head coach: M. Kek.

Croatia: Livaković, Barišić (46' Oršić), Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Brozović, Modrić, Kovačić (82' Pašalić), Perišić, Vlašić (69' Budimir), Kramarić (64' Brekalo). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

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At the beginning of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Croatia national football team visited Slovenia, an opponent with a W6 D3 head-to-head record.

And it was Croatia that created the first opportunities - ten minutes gone, and Vlašić struck the post - but it was Slovenia that took the lead. On 15 minutes, Lovrić's effort from the edge of the box was deflected past Livaković into the net.

Searching for an equalizer, defenders Vida and Lovren failed to convert chances, Kramarić couldn't find the target, yet the hosts managed to be dangerous on couple of more occasions.

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LUKA MODRIĆ EQUALS DARIJO SRNA'S RECORD

Team captain Luka Modrić now has 134 international caps and joins former captain Darijo Srna at the top of Croatia's all-time appearances list.

In the second half, Slovenia held on to this advantage, with Croatia coming close through Oršić, Budimir, and Perišić.

Tonight, in other Group H matches, Russia won away at Malta 3:1, while Slovakia drew at Cyprus (0:0). On Saturday, Croatia hosts Cyprus in Rijeka.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Group H:
1. Russia 3
2. Slovenia 3
3. Cyprus 1
4. Slovakia 1
5. Croatia 0
6. Malta 0

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World Cup 2022 - qualifiers, 24.03.2021., Ljubljana. Spectators: 0
Referees: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Roberto del Palomar (ESP), Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth referee: Harm Osmers (GER)
Slovenia
1
Croatia
0
1Jan Oblak1Dominik Livaković
3Jure Balkovec2Šime Vrsaljko
65'
4Miha Blažič3Borna Barišić
24'
46'
6Jaka Bijol
69'
4Ivan Perišić
7Josip Iličić
87'
6Dejan Lovren
8Sandi Lovrić
15'
87'
8Mateo Kovačić
82'
9Andraž Šporar
69'
9Andrej Kramarić
64'
14Jasmin Kurtić
61'
10Luka Modrić
15Damjan Bohar
64'
11Marcelo Brozović
35'
17Miha Mevlja
77'
13Nikola Vlašić
69'
20Petar Stojanović21Domagoj Vida
68'
Bench
12Vid Belec12Lovre Kalinić
16Žiga Frelih23Simon Sluga
2Nejc Skubic
87'
5Duje Ćaleta-Car
5Nino Kouter7Josip Brekalo
64'
10Miha Zajc14Ante Budimir
76'
69'
11Blaž Kramer
69'
15Mario Pašalić
82'
13Bojan Jokić16Filip Uremović
18Jon Stanković17Kristijan Lovrić
19Luka Zahović18Mislav Oršić
46'
21Domen Črnigoj
64'
19Milan Badelj
22Amedej Vetrih
69'
20Josip Juranović
23Kenan Bajrić
87'
22Dario Melnjak
Coaches
Matjaž Kek (Slovenia)Zlatko Dalić (Croatia)
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