European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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Croatia 1-1 Italy

Antonio Candreva
Antonio Candreva's equaliser stretched Italy's unbeaten run in European Championship and World Cup qualifying to 46 matches

Croatia remain two points clear of second-placed Italy after the Group H rivals shared the points in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Split.

Mario Mandzukic fired the home side ahead but conceded the penalty which Antonio Candreva coolly chipped in.

However, the match was overshadowed by a swastika spotted on the pitch.

The game was played behind closed doors following crowd trouble - including racist chanting - in Croatia's home qualifier against Norway in March.

Swastika on pitch
The swastika appeared to have been mown into the pitch

Atletico Madrid striker Mandzukic, who also missed a penalty, handled inside the area to allow Candreva to level, before Croatia's Darijo Srna was sent off for a second booking.

The captain's dismissal came in the last minute for a foul on Claudio Marchisio.

Italy coach Antonio Conte said: "It was unfortunate to play without any fans present but both teams were totally focused as this was a very important match at this stage of qualifying."

Croatia
No fans were allowed to attend the game in Split after previous fan trouble

Croatian counterpart Kovac said: "Both teams deserve congratulations for producing a quality performance in difficult conditions.

"The match was played in searing heat and at the end of a long season, with no fans present to cheer either side."

Norway remain third in the group, two points behind Italy, after being held 0-0 by Azerbaijan.

Bulgaria are now within two points of the Scandinavians after beating bottom side Malta 1-0 through Ivelin Popov's volley. Ilian Micanski had earlier missed a penalty for the Balkans.

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 11SrnaBooked at 90mins
  • 21Vida
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 3PranjicSubstituted forVrsaljkoat 73'minutes
  • 14Brozovic
  • 7Rakitic
  • 18OlicBooked at 44minsSubstituted forRebicat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 20KovacicBooked at 87minsSubstituted forLeovacat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Perisic
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5Jajalo
  • 6Leskovic
  • 8Pjaca
  • 9Kramaric
  • 10Sharbini
  • 12Kalinic
  • 15Rebic
  • 16Kalinic
  • 19Badelj
  • 22Leovac

Italy

  • 1BuffonBooked at 11minsSubstituted forSiriguat 45'minutes
  • 15De SilvestriSubstituted forDe Sciglioat 27'minutes
  • 19Bonucci
  • 5Astori
  • 4Darmian
  • 16ParoloBooked at 52mins
  • 21Pirlo
  • 8MarchisioBooked at 71mins
  • 6Candreva
  • 20Pellè
  • 11El ShaarawySubstituted forRanocchiaat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 3Moretti
  • 7Bertolacci
  • 9Immobile
  • 10Vázquez
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 14Padelli
  • 17Sansone
  • 18Soriano
  • 22Gabbiadini
  • 23Pasqual
Referee:
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 1, Italy 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Croatia 1, Italy 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marin Leovac replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Darijo Srna (Croatia) for a bad foul.

Claudio Marchisio (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

Claudio Marchisio (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Gordon Schildenfeld.

Booking

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Andrea Ranocchia (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).

Foul by Davide Astori (Italy).

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Italy).

Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ante Rebic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Domagoj Vida.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Andrea Ranocchia replaces Stephan El Shaarawy.

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ivan Perisic.

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Sime Vrsaljko replaces Danijel Pranjic.

Booking

Claudio Marchisio (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Italy).

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Marco Parolo (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy.

Attempt blocked. Antonio Candreva (Italy) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy.

Attempt missed. Andrea Pirlo (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Antonio Candreva.

Offside, Croatia. Danijel Subasic tries a through ball, but Ante Rebic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Antonio Candreva with a cross.

Attempt missed. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic with a cross following a corner.

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