Thursday, 12 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Croatia 2-1 Germany

Croatia sealed their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 as goals from Darijo Srna and Ivica Olic earned a famous win against Germany that took Slaven Bilic's side three points clear at the top of Group B.

Group B - Matchday 2
Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt
Croatia claimed an impressive win over pre-tournament favourites Germany to reach the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Darijo Srna broke the deadlock on 24 minutes when he beat Marcell Jansen to Danijel Pranjic's cross and fired home. Croatia were gifted a second goal on 63 minutes when Ivan Rakitic's cross came off Lukas Podolski and rebounded off the post for Ivica Olic to slot home. Podolski pulled a goal back with a late drive but Bastian Schweinsteiger's red card ended German hopes in injury time. It was a famous victory for Croatia, and an echo of their 3-0 success over the same opposition in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals, but it casts serious doubts over Germany's credentials for the European crown.

Germany must now beat co-hosts Austria on Monday to secure qualification, while the Croats play Poland.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Corluka, Robert Kovac, Simunic, Pranjic, Srna (Leko 80), Modric, Nico Kovac, Rakitic, Kranjcar (Knezevic 85), Olic (Petric 72).
Germany: Lehmann, Lahm, Metzelder, Mertesacker, Jansen (Odonkor 46), Fritz (Kuranyi 82), Frings, Ballack, Podolski, Gomez (Schweinsteiger 65), Klose.

[Euro 2008 Group B]

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