World Cup Qualifying - European - Play-off - 2nd Leg
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Croatia secure World Cup 2018 place with victory over Greece

Croatia celebrate after their World Cup play-off win over Greece
Croatia's World Cup place never looked in doubt during the second leg

Croatia qualified for their fifth World Cup after following up their convincing play-off first-leg win over Greece with a dour goalless draw in Athens.

The game only had one shot on target, with the tie over as a contest after Croatia's 4-1 win in Zagreb.

The visitors went closest, with Ivan Perisic hitting the post from 30 yards.

Greece were much improved from the side called an "unprecedented disgrace" by domestic media in the first leg - but never looked like mounting a comeback.

They should have had a penalty early on when Ivan Strinic fouled Zeca, but Croatia were instead awarded a free-kick. Dimitrios Pelkas put the ball into an empty net late on, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Croatia's controversial decision to sack Ante Cacic and replace him with Zlatko Dalic - who has not even signed a contract yet - two days before the final group game has ultimately paid off.

The Balkan nation - who have qualified for 10 of 12 major tournaments since independence - did not have any supporters at the game, as both federations agreed to ban away fans from the two legs because of the possibility of violence.

Line-ups

Greece

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Karnezis
  • 15Torosidis
  • 4Manolas
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 16Retsos
  • 6Tziolis
  • 17TachtsidisBooked at 24mins
  • 7ChristodoulopoulosSubstituted forFortounisat 59'minutes
  • 8Gonçalves Rodrigues
  • 14BakasetasSubstituted forGianniotasat 59'minutes
  • 11MitroglouSubstituted forPelkasat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Maniatis
  • 3Tzavellas
  • 5Papadopoulos
  • 9Diamantakos
  • 10Fortounis
  • 12Kapino
  • 13Anestis
  • 18Gianniotas
  • 20Pelkas
  • 21Stafylidis
  • 22Samaris
  • 23Oikonomou

Croatia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Subasic
  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 6Lovren
  • 21Vida
  • 3Strinic
  • 7Rakitic
  • 11Brozovic
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 10ModricSubstituted forMitrovicat 90+1'minutes
  • 4PerisicSubstituted forRebicat 86'minutes
  • 16N KalinicSubstituted forKramaricat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 5Mitrovic
  • 8Vlasic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 12L Kalinic
  • 13Nizic
  • 14Rebic
  • 15Rog
  • 18Bradaric
  • 19Leovac
  • 20Pasalic
  • 22Pivaric
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
18,667

Match Stats

Home TeamGreeceAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Greece 0, Croatia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Greece 0, Croatia 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Matej Mitrovic replaces Luka Modric.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dimitrios Pelkas (Greece) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Giannis Gianniotas.

  5. Post update

    Zeca (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Greece) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Giannis Gianniotas (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ante Rebic (Croatia).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Ivan Perisic.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Croatia. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Luka Modric is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Greece. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dimitrios Pelkas (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Panagiotis Tachtsidis.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Greece. Panagiotis Tachtsidis tries a through ball, but Vasilis Torosidis is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Greece) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Zeca.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Greece. Dimitrios Pelkas replaces Kostas Mitroglou.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Croatia. Andrej Kramaric replaces Nikola Kalinic.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Konstantinos Fortounis (Greece) because of an injury.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France107211861223
2Sweden106132691719
3Netherlands106132112919
4Bulgaria104151419-513
5Luxembourg10136826-186
6Belarus10127621-155

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal109013242827
2Switzerland109012371627
3Hungary104151414013
4Faroe Islands10235416-129
5Latvia10217718-117
6Andorra10118223-214

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany1010004343930
2Northern Ireland106131761119
3Czech Rep104331710715
4Norway104151716113
5Azerbaijan103161019-910
6San Marino100010251-490

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia1063120101021
2R. of Ireland10541126619
3Wales10451136717
4Austria104331412215
5Georgia10055814-65
6Moldova10028423-192

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland1081128141425
2Denmark106222081220
3Montenegro105142012816
4Romania103431210213
5Armenia102171026-167
6Kazakhstan10037626-203

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England108201831526
2Slovakia106041771018
3Scotland105321712518
4Slovenia10433127515
5Lithuania10136720-136
6Malta10019325-221

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain109103633328
2Italy107212181323
3Albania104151013-313
4Israel104061015-512
5North Macedonia103251515011
6Liechtenstein100010139-380

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium109104363728
2Greece105411761119
3Bos-Herze1052324131117
4Estonia103251319-611
5Cyprus10316918-910
6Gibraltar100010347-440

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland10712167922
2Croatia106221541120
3Ukraine10523139417
4Turkey104331413115
5Finland10235913-49
6Kosovo10019324-211
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