European Championship Qualifying - Group H
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Malta 0-1 Croatia

Croatia reach Euro 2016
Croatia have reached their fourth successive European Championship finals

Croatia clinched a Euro 2016 automatic qualifying spot by beating Malta to pip Norway to second place in Group H.

Norway needed to win in Italy to be certain of qualifying automatically, but lost 2-1 after leading 1-0.

Croatia, who were two points behind Norway before kick-off, leapfrogged them thanks to Ivan Perisic's low strike midway through the first half.

Norway were consigned to next month's play-offs after conceding twice in the final 16 minutes in Rome.

Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey put the Scandinavian side ahead with a half-volley, only for Roma's Alessandro Florenzi to steer in Italy's equaliser after 74 minutes.

And Norway's hopes were ended when Southampton striker Graziano Pelle struck a powerful 82nd-minute volley to ensure Italy finished as group winners.

Croatia, who had a point deducted by Uefa earlier in qualifying after a swastika was marked onto their pitch, finished four points behind the Azzurri.

If they had finished level on points with Norway, then they would have progressed automatically because of their superior head-to-head record.

Italy reach Euro 2016
Italy avoided their first competitive home defeat since 1999 with the comeback win

Line-ups

Malta

  • 1Hogg
  • 3Zerafa
  • 15Borg
  • 5Agius
  • 22Muscat
  • 7FaillaBooked at 69mins
  • 8BriffaSubstituted forFenechat 79'minutes
  • 11Muscat
  • 13SchembriSubstituted forCohenat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Kristensen
  • 19EffiongSubstituted forMifsudat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Muscat
  • 4Sciberras
  • 6Fenech
  • 9Mifsud
  • 10Cohen
  • 12Haber
  • 14Grioli
  • 16Borg
  • 17Camilleri
  • 20Pisani
  • 21Gatt Baldacchino
  • 23Bonello

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 11Srna
  • 5Corluka
  • 21Vida
  • 22Pivaric
  • 20Kovacic
  • 19BadeljBooked at 38mins
  • 4PerisicBooked at 90mins
  • 7RakiticSubstituted forBrozovicat 78'minutes
  • 8PjacaSubstituted forOlicat 83'minutes
  • 16N KalinicSubstituted forKramaricat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 3Pranjic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 10Modric
  • 12L Kalinic
  • 13Leskovic
  • 14Brozovic
  • 18Olic
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamMaltaAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Malta 0, Croatia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Malta 0, Croatia 1.

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

Andrew Cohen (Malta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Malta. Andrew Cohen replaces André Schembri.

Booking

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andrej Kramaric (Croatia).

Clayton Failla (Malta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Steve Borg.

Hand ball by Michael Mifsud (Malta).

Attempt missed. Andrei Agius (Malta) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Clayton Failla with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Croatia).

André Schembri (Malta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Malta. Rowen Muscat tries a through ball, but Paul Fenech is caught offside.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Croatia).

André Schembri (Malta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ivica Olic replaces Marko Pjaca.

Foul by Marko Pjaca (Croatia).

Clayton Failla (Malta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Croatia. Josip Pivaric tries a through ball, but Andrej Kramaric is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Malta. Paul Fenech replaces Roderick Briffa.

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

Foul by Bjorn Kristensen (Malta).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marcelo Brozovic replaces Ivan Rakitic.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Andrew Hogg.

Attempt saved. Marko Pjaca (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Attempt blocked. Domagoj Vida (Croatia) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Andrei Agius.

Substitution

Substitution, Malta. Michael Mifsud replaces Alfred Effiong.

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Milan Badelj with a cross.

Offside, Malta. Roderick Briffa tries a through ball, but Alfred Effiong is caught offside.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Croatia).

André Schembri (Malta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Clayton Failla (Malta) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Clayton Failla (Malta).

Attempt missed. Milan Badelj (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic with a headed pass.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Andrew Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Andrej Kramaric replaces Nikola Kalinic.

Attempt saved. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 13th October 2015

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