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Birthday boy Modrić on the scoresheet

Croatia repeats the
draw in Azerbaijan

09.09.2019.
Croatia repeats the draw in Azerbaijan
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Following the impressive win in Slovakia, Croatia national football team brought home a point from the Azerbaijani capital.

AZERBAIJAN - CROATIA 1:1 (0:1)
EURO 2020 qualifying, Group E.
Bakcell Arena, Baku.

Referee: S. Schärer (Switzerland)

Goals: 0:1 - Modrić (11' - 11m), 1:1 - Khalilzade (72')

Cautions: Brozović (21'), Krivotsyuk (62'), Nazarov (67'), Khalilzade (68'), Barišić (70'), Medvedev (90+3')

Azerbaijan: Balayev, Krivotsyuk, Mustafazade, Medvedev, Pashayev (46' Khalilzade), Huseynov (60' Makhmudov), Garayev, Rahimov, Nazarov (90' Eyubov), Emreli, Sheydaev. Head coach: N. Jurčević.

Croatia: Livaković, Barišić, Vida, Lovren, Bartolec (76' Brekalo), Brozović, Modrić, Vlašić, Perišić, Rebić (86' Oršić), Petković. Head coach: Z. Dalić.

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In its fifth outing in the EURO 2020 qualifiying, Croatia managed a 1:1 draw away at Azerbaijan, three days after the fantastic win at Slovakia.

Zlatko Dalić's men were positive in the opening minutes in Baku, with captain Modrić - who celebrated his 34th birthday - drawing the first blood. However, the Azerbaijani goalkeeper Balayev made his presence known.

However, Modrić was on the scoresheet on 11 minutes, when the home defender was penalised for a handball, and Croatia captain converted the spot kick.

Soon afterwards, Balayev saved to excellent Rebić's opportunities, as well as Vlašić's long-distance effort, while the hosts threatened Livaković through Sheydaev before the break.

In the second half, Nikola Jurčević's Azerbaijan found the balance, and even took the initiative. The reward came on 72 minutes, when Khalilzade pierced his way through Croatia's defence and scored the equalizer.

Croatia head coach Dalić tried to change the outcome by introducing Brekalo and Oršić - who earned his first Croatia cap - but the scoreline remained the same.

Later, Slovakia won 2:1 in Budapest. and Croatia continues its qualifying path on 10 October, hosting Hungary in Split, and visits Wales on 13 October.

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

09.09.2019., , . Spectators: 9150
Referees: Sandro Schärer (SUI), Stéphane De Almeida (SUI), Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Fourth referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Azerbaijan
1
Croatia
1
12Emil Balayev1Dominik Livaković
21Pavlo Pashayev
46'
10Luka Modrić
11'
22Javid Huseynov
60'
6Dejan Lovren
5Maksim Medvedev
93'+3'
4Ivan Perišić
3Shahriyar Rahimov21Domagoj Vida
2Gara Garayev18Ante Rebić
86'
11Ramil Sheidaev11Marcelo Brozović
21'
10Mahir Emreli20Bruno Petković
6Bahlul Mustafazade13Nikola Vlašić
13Dmitrij Nazarov
67'
90'
22Karlo Bartolec
76'
18Anton Krivotsyuk
62'
3Borna Barišić
70'
Bench
1Salahat Aghayev12Lovre Kalinić
23Shakhrudin Magomedaliyev23Simon Sluga
7Araz Abdullayev`19Milan Badelj
14Rashad Eyubov
90'
14Mile Škorić
8Emin Makhmudov
60'
9Mislav Oršić
86'
16Rufat Dadashov15Mario Pašalić
9Aghabala Ramazanov2Mijo Caktaš
20Richard Almeida De Oliveira5Matej Mitrović
19Tamkin Khalilzade
69'
72'
46'
7Josip Brekalo
76'
17Renat Dadashov8Marko Rog
15Omar Buludov16Josip Juranović
17Dario Melnjak
Coaches
(-)Zlatko Dalić
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