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A win in Finland

Lone Mandžukić goal
for more Croatia
celebrations

09.10.2016.
Lone Mandžukić goal for more Croatia celebrations
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Croatia completed its October double programme in European qualifiers visiting Finland in Tampere and secured another three points.

FINLAND - CROATIA 0:1 (0:1)
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Group I.
Tampere Stadium, Tampere.

Referee: R. Buquet (France)

Goals: 0:1 - Mandžukić (18')

Cautions: Ring (54'), Moisander (72'), Vrsaljko (77')

Finland: Hradecky, Väisänen (87' Riski), Arajuuri, Ojala, Raitala, Moisander, Saksela, Arkivuo (46' Schüller), Lod, Ring (67' Lam), Puuki. Head coach: H. Backe.

Croatia: Subašić, Pivarić, Vida, Mitrović, Vrsaljko, Badelj, Kovačić, Brozović (71' Čop), Perišić, Kramarić (81' Rog), Mandžukić (87' N. Kalinić). Head coach: A. Čačić.

Following the away win over Kosovo on Thursday, Croatia took the spoils on Sunday away at Finland as well.

Croatian attempts to break through sturdy Finnish defence paid off in 18th minute, when Vrsaljko crossed from the right, Kramarić took a shot, and Mandžukić header confirmed the goal.

However, the hosts did not change their firm gameplane, and the first half ended with no significant chances on both sides, leaving Croatia with a one-goal lead.

Neither did the second half open more room for Croatian attacks, while Finland managed to create a couple of scuffles in front of Subašić, mostly from set-pieces, but lacking the finishing touch.

In the final 15 minutes, Croatia did threaten the Finnish goalie, and Perišić hit the post from the edge of the box. Hradecky then stopped two Čop's and one Mandžukić's effort.

Ante Čačić's men finally held on and await November, and the home clash with Iceland in Zagreb on seven points. Ukraine defeated Kosovo 3:0, and Iceland overpowered Turkey 2:0.

Group I:
1. Croatia 7 (3)
2. Iceland 7 (3)
3. Ukraine 5 (3)
4. Turkey 2 (2)
5. Finland 1 (3)
6. Kosovo 1 (3)

09.10.2016.. Spectators: 15567
Referees: Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Guillaume Debart (FRA), Frederci Cano (FRA)
Fourth referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Finland
0
Croatia
1
1Lukas Hradecky23Danijel Subašić
2Paulus Arajuuri9Andrej Kramarić
81'
3Niklas Kristian Moisander
72'
8Mateo Kovačić
4Sauli Vaisanen
87'
2Šime Vrsaljko
77'
5Juhani Ojala6Matej Mitrović
6Alexander Ring
54'
67'
22Josip Pivarić
10Teemu Eino Antero Pukki4Ivan Perišić
13Kari Arkivuo
46'
19Milan Badelj
17Robin Lod17Mario Mandžukić
18'
87'
19Janne Saksela21Domagoj Vida
22Jukka Raitala11Marcelo Brozović
71'
Bench
12Niki Maenpaa12Lovre Kalinić
23Jesse Joronen1Ivan Vargić
7Roope Riski
87'
7Domagoj Antolić
11Rasmus Schuller
46'
5Vedran Ćorluka
14Thomas Lam
67'
13Tin Jedvaj
9Eero Markkanen3Ivan Strinić
15Markus Olof Halsti14Duje Čop
71'
16Sakari Mattila16Nikola Kalinić
87'
18Albin Granlund15Marko Rog
81'
20Joni Kauko
21Kasper Hamalainen
Coaches
Hans BackeAnte Čačić
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