World Cup Qualifying - European - Group I
Kosovo0Croatia6

Kosovo 0-6 Croatia

Mario Mandzukic
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored a first-half hat-trick for Croatia

Kosovo lost 6-0 to Croatia in their first competitive home fixture, which was played in neighbouring Albania.

The 2018 World Cup qualifier could not be held in Kosovo because of a lack of infrastructure, but thousands of fans made the trip to Shkoder.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored a first-half hat-trick for Croatia, who are top of qualifying Group I.

Matej Mitrovic, Ivan Perisic and Nikola Kalinic scored in the second half to leave Kosovo bottom of the group.

Governing bodies Uefa and Fifa admitted Kosovo as a member in May, and in September they drew their first competitive fixture 1-1 in Finland.

Kosovo fans
Kosovo fans in Loro Borici Stadium, Albania, made the most of the historic occasion
Kosovo football fans in Pristina
Fans gathered in Mother Teresa Square in Pristina - Kosovo's capital - before the game
Kosovo fans
Fans remained in Mother Teresa Square after dark

Line-ups

Kosovo

  • 1Ujkani
  • 2Perdedaj
  • 6Pepa
  • 4Pnishi
  • 19Paqarada
  • 7Rashica
  • 20Kryeziu
  • 14Berisha
  • 23BerishaBooked at 19minsSubstituted forHalimiat 58'minutes
  • 15ZeneliSubstituted forShalaat 77'minutes
  • 9CelinaSubstituted forBunjakuat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sulejmani
  • 5Kabashi
  • 8Halimi
  • 10Bunjaku
  • 11Shala
  • 12Nurkovic
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 16Hajdini
  • 17Meha
  • 18Muriqi
  • 21Zejnullahu
  • 22Bytyqi

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5CorlukaSubstituted forMitrovicat 45'minutes
  • 21Vida
  • 22Pivaric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 19Badelj
  • 8Kovacic
  • 4Perisic
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forRogat 71'minutes
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forKalinicat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Mitrovic
  • 7Antolic
  • 12Kalinic
  • 13Jedvaj
  • 14Cop
  • 15Rog
  • 16Kalinic
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
14,612

Match Stats

Home TeamKosovoAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Kosovo 0, Croatia 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kosovo 0, Croatia 6.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 6. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt saved. Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Perisic with a cross.

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

Foul by Besar Halimi (Kosovo).

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Milan Badelj (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Herolind Shala (Kosovo).

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Sime Vrsaljko.

Attempt saved. Herolind Shala (Kosovo) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Marko Rog (Croatia).

Besar Halimi (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Valon Berisha (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 5. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Albert Bunjaku (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Milot Rashica.

Attempt missed. Marko Rog (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nikola Kalinic following a fast break.

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

Foul by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Attempt blocked. Valon Berisha (Kosovo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leart Paqarada.

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leart Paqarada (Kosovo).

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Herolind Shala replaces Arber Zeneli.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Kosovo. Besar Halimi tries a through ball, but Albert Bunjaku is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Albert Bunjaku (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Matej Mitrovic (Croatia).

Besar Halimi (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marko Rog replaces Andrej Kramaric.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Albert Bunjaku replaces Bersant Celina.

Goal!

Goal! Kosovo 0, Croatia 4. Matej Mitrovic (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Fanol Perdedaj.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt blocked. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Domagoj Vida.

Attempt missed. Nikola Kalinic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sime Vrsaljko.

Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alban Pnishi (Kosovo).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bulgaria11004313
2Netherlands10101101
3Sweden10101101
4Belarus10100001
5France10100001
6Luxembourg100134-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland11002023
2Latvia11001013
3Faroe Islands10100001
4Hungary10100001
5Andorra100101-10
6Portugal100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11003033
2Azerbaijan11001013
3Czech Rep10100001
4Northern Ireland10100001
5San Marino100101-10
6Norway100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales21106244
2Serbia21105234
3Austria21104314
4R. of Ireland21103214
5Georgia200213-20
6Moldova200207-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11001013
2Poland10102201
3Kazakhstan10102201
4Montenegro10101101
5Romania10101101
6Armenia100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland11005143
2England11001013
3Slovenia10102201
4Lithuania10102201
5Slovakia100101-10
6Malta100115-40

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Albania22004136
2Spain21109184
3Italy21104224
4Israel210134-13
5Macedonia200224-20
6Liechtenstein2002010-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze11005053
2Greece11004133
3Belgium11003033
4Gibraltar100114-30
5Cyprus100103-30
6Estonia100105-50

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia21107164
2Iceland21104314
3Ukraine20203302
4Turkey20203302
5Finland201134-11
6Kosovo201117-61
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