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2 vs 0
Played
November 19, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
Stadion Maksimir — Zagreb
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 22612‎
 
 
47′ Darijo Srna
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Croatia 2-0 Iceland (Agg 2-0)

Niko Kovac's side celebrated qualification for the 2014 World Cup as they recovered from the sending off of Mario Mandzukic to run out comfortable winners in Zagreb

By Tom Maston

  • Stipe Pletikosa
    110
    2
    3.00

    Stipe Pletikosa

    Had precious little to do for the second game running, but again looked solid when he was called upon. Dealt well with balls into the box.

  • Vedran Corluka
    132
    2
    3.00

    Vedran Corluka

    Not called upon too often in defence but did what he had to do fairly well. Almost found the net as he got in at the back post from a free kick.

  • Darijo Srna
    155
    3
    4.00

    Darijo Srna

    From the first minute was threat going forward as Bjarnason allowed him to run free. Sealed his side's passage to the World Cup with superb first-time finish.

  • Josip Simunic
    93
    35
    3.50

    Josip Simunic

    Won his fair share of tackles and stepped out of defence to play some nice forward passes. Booking was only blotch on copybook.

  • Ivan Perisic
    66
    36
    3.00

    Ivan Perisic

    A much quieter performance from the winger as he was given little room to manoeuvre. Claimed an assist after clever flick set up Mandzukic.

  • Luka Modric
    193
    6
    3.00

    Luka Modric

    After a disappointing opening he grew into the match and by the close looked to be something back to his best. Substituted late on.

  • Danijel Pranjic
    114
    3
    3.50

    Danijel Pranjic

    Like Srna he looked to bomb on from left-back on as many occasions as possible. Final ball was sometimes lacking.

  • Ivan Rakitic
    142
    6
    3.00

    Ivan Rakitic

    Set-piece delivery was again excellent but failed to control the game as he had done in the first leg. An excellent foil for Modric.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    253
    0
    3.50

    Mateo Kovačić

    Had a quiet first half but came to life in early stages of second period as a mazy run set up Srna's strike. Almost added a goal himself after another run through the heart of the Iceland defence.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    143
    20
    3.00

    Mario Mandzukic

    After missing an early header he showed a killer instinct to react at the far post and put the hosts ahead. Evening soon turned sour, though, as he was sent off for raising his studs in a late challenge.

  • Ivica Olic
    85
    22
    3.00

    Ivica Olic

    Despite an early booking he put himself about and made sure the home side defended from the front. Almost got himself on scoresheet with flying overhead kick that crashed against the crossbar.

Substitutions

  • Dejan Lovren
    82
    3

    Dejan Lovren

    Had no time to make an impact after last minute introduction.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    52
    26

    Nikica Jelavic

    Couldn't make an impact after late substitutes appearance.

  • Ante Rebić
    116
    10
    2.50

    Ante Rebić

    Showed some nice touches after coming off the bench but gave the ball away on occasion.

  • Hannes Thór Halldórsson
    38
    8
    3.00

    Hannes Thór Halldórsson

    Was again the last line of defence for his side as he made numerous excellent saves. Could have done better with second goal despite Srna's effort swerving in the air.

  • Ari Freyr Skúlason
    2
    20
    2.50

    Ari Freyr Skúlason

    Failed to go with Mandzukic at the back post for the opener, though him being dragged inside for Srna's strike was far from his error. Better going forward.

  • Birkir Savarsson
    3
    17
    2.50

    Birkir Savarsson

    Showed that he could be a decent outlet going forward but wasn't used often enough. Struggled at times to deal with Olic and Pranjic.

  • Ragnar Sigurdsson
    3
    25
    2.00

    Ragnar Sigurdsson

    A contrasting performance from his superb showing in Reykjavik as he struggled to contain the home forwards. Statuesque at times when the hosts came forward.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    2
    19
    1.50

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Struggled to pass to his team-mates or give them any forward thrust from the centre of midfield. Eventually substituted in the second period.

  • Birkir Bjarnason
    2
    22
    1.00

    Birkir Bjarnason

    Again failed to get into the match and somehow saw out the 90 minutes. Failure to track back was part of reason Srna had so much space for second goal.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    8
    19
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Looked to find space in the midfield but was quickly crowded out. Tried his luck with some shots from range but was just off target.

  • Kari Arnason
    9
    16
    3.50

    Kari Arnason

    Made numerous clearances in the first half as Croatia sent plenty of balls into the box. Wasn't at fault for either goal.

  • Alfred Finnbogason
    3
    18
    2.00

    Alfred Finnbogason

    Did his best to try and work the home defenders but lack of service inhibited him. Faded out of the match as time wore on.

  • Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen
    6
    29
    0.50

    Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen

    A highly disappointing display as he lost the ball on almost every occasion he found himself in possession and got in the way of team-mates when the ball was around the area. Eventually substituted.

  • Johann Gudmundsson
    3
    20
    2.00

    Johann Gudmundsson

    Looked fairly dangerous when he got on the ball but lack of possession for the visitors meant he couldn't have the impact Lagerback would have wanted.

Substitutions

  • Emil Hallfredsson
    4
    14
    2.50

    Emil Hallfredsson

    Showed some nice touches in midfield and looked to have best range of passing in the visitors' ranks. Gave away too many free kicks and eventually booked.

  • Rurik Gislason
    4
    14
    2.50

    Rurik Gislason

    Added pace to the Iceland attack but not able to hold the ball up sufficiently to bring others into the game.

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