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June 7, 2013 11:45 PM IST
Stadion Maksimir — Zagreb
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
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Player Ratings: Croatia 0-1 Scotland

Gordon Strachan’s side manage to restore some national pride with a victory in Zagreb that puts a huge dent into Croatian hopes of making it to Brazil for next year's World Cup

By Matthew Harold

  • Stipe Pletikosa
    3
    2
    2.50

    Stipe Pletikosa

    Looked like his game would be over after less than half an hour, as he took a boot to the face from Snodgrass as the Norwich midfielder scored the opener. Other than that he wasn’t really troubled by the Scotland attack.

  • Darijo Srna
    2
    5
    2.00

    Darijo Srna

    The Croatian skipper looked slack early on, giving away a few fouls and he was also at fault for the opening goal, as he failed to properly clear as Maloney was racing in towards the box. Never offered anything for his side in an attacking sense.

  • Gordon Schildenfeld
    2
    2
    1.50

    Gordon Schildenfeld

    Looked unsettled at times when the Scotland midfield and in particular, Maloney and Snodgrass ran at him. He also found Griffiths a handful as the striker constantly looked to move about the park.

  • Ivan Strinic
    2
    3
    2.00

    Ivan Strinic

    Just like his centre back colleague, the 35-year-old couldn’t seem to cope with the pace of the Scotland forward line. Eventually hauled off for Kalinic as Croatia desperately looked for a way back into the game.

  • Josip Simunic
    4
    1
    2.50

    Josip Simunic

    Caught on the back foot many times, as both Snodgrass and Griffiths exchanged the role of running at the Dnipro full back. But when he got forward he caused Hutton problems for Scotland as he made his way down the wing.

  • Ivan Perisic
    0
    4
    2.50

    Ivan Perisic

    ried to get forward as much as possible, going at Hutton, but anytime he managed to get the ball into the box, there wasn’t a red and white jersey near to it. Was eventually taken off 10 minutes into the second half for Eduardo.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    5
    3
    3.50

    Ivan Rakitic

    The 25-year-old playmaker was the set-up man for anything good that the Croatians created, especially at the start of the second half.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    3
    3
    2.50

    Mateo Kovačić

    Offered little in the middle of the park as he seemed to be overrun by the Scotland midfield three and that saw him constantly having to defend, especially with Sammir rarely helping him. Had a decent effort in the second half that was saved by McGregor.

  • Sammir
    8
    9
    1.00

    Sammir Flop of the Match

    Was given a golden opportunity to get a goal late on in the first half after some poor play by Hanley. He was non-existent when it came to anytime that the Croats were forced to defend, as he totally switched off.

  • Ivica Olic
    1
    5
    2.00

    Ivica Olic

    Looked really slow at times, never offering the type of attacking threat that many would have liked as any shot he had at goal, he couldn’t trouble McGregor in the Scotland goal.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    2
    3
    2.50

    Mario Mandzukic

    Had two amazing chances to get a goal early in the second half, but somehow managed to miss on both occasions. Other than that he offered little in the way of trouble towards the Scotland defence. Replaced by Kranjcar late on.

Substitutions

  • Niko Kranjcar
    5
    1

    Niko Kranjcar

    Came on with three minutes left for Mandzukic.

  • Eduardo
    3
    1
    2.00

    Eduardo

    Came on early in the second half for Perisic and offered more attacking threat for the home side.

  • Nikola Kalinic
    3
    2
    2.00

    Nikola Kalinic

    Replaced Strinic as Croatia chased the game.

  • Allan McGregor
    3
    0
    2.50

    Allan McGregor

    Was called into action more in the first half to deal with poor back passes than anything of an attacking threat from the Croatians. But in the second half the 31-year-old stopper was called upon more to keep his side ahead.

  • Alan Hutton
    3
    0
    2.00

    Alan Hutton

    Another lesson in how not to pass the ball out of defence, as time and time again the full back launched the ball nowhere near one of his teammates. Had a couple of good moments going forward, but still looked clumsy at times at the back.

  • Grant Hanley
    1
    0
    2.50

    Grant Hanley

    Didn’t look confident at the back, as he was beaten a few times and also put McGregor in danger with a couple of poor back passes that gave Croatia openings. Got dragged about the park at times by the strikers, creating opportunities for the home side.

  • Russell Martin
    5
    0
    4.00

    Russell Martin Top of the Match

    Had some crucial interceptions at the centre of the Scotland defence, helping out when his other defensive colleagues messed up. Kept composed throughout, making sure that the Croatiaan attack could rarely get in on goal.

  • Steven Whittaker
    2
    0
    2.50

    Steven Whittaker

    Was forced into making some sliding tackles to prevent Croatia from getting crosses into the box. Managed to slow down the play in the second half to help the visitors keep control of possession.

  • James McArthur
    2
    1
    3.00

    James McArthur

    Had a lot of space in the defensive midfield area for Scotland and that allowed the FA Cup winner to pick his passes and help set-up attacking situations for his side. Was forced into dropping deeper in the second half as the Croatians moved more and more forward.

  • James Morrison
    1
    0
    3.00

    James Morrison

    The stand-in skipper was willing to put in a defensive turn for the Scots, as he looked to put the Croatian midfield under pressure and helped open up the defensive for the more attacking players in the team.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    3
    1
    3.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Was in the right place at the right time to get on the end of a poor clearance by Srna which allowed him to claim the opener. Always looked a threat as he moved into attacking positions and managed to take the pressure off of his defence.

  • Barry Bannan
    2
    0
    3.00

    Barry Bannan

    Played wide on the left and offered Scotland an out ball, but on too many occasions he found himself crowded out by the Croatian defence. Kept running throughout his time on the pitch before eventually being replaced by Naismith.

  • Leigh Griffiths
    1
    0
    3.00

    Leigh Griffiths

    Was an isolated figure in the opening stages and that saw the Wolves striker look to drop deeper, thus giving no focal point for the attack. Ran himself into the ground, both playing as a central striker and moving to both of the wide positions. Was replaced by Rhodes as he tired.

  • Shaun Maloney
    2
    1
    3.50

    Shaun Maloney

    The Wigan playmaker made a superb run through the midfield, helping to set-up the opening goal after a deflection from Srna. Was superb throughout as he continually ran at the Croatian defence, putting them under pressure before he was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Conway.

Substitutions

  • Craig Conway
    1
    0
    2.50

    Craig Conway

    Came on for Maloney after the Wigan midfielder picked up an injury.

  • Jordan Rhodes
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jordan Rhodes

    Was a substitue for Griffiths, but found himself isolated as Scotland were forced to defend.

  • Steven Naismith
    1
    0
    2.00

    Steven Naismith

    Replaced Bannan, offering the same type of attacking threat.

Results
Group A Matchday 7
Times In IST
 
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Tournament
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Ranking
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Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man. United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0