Peyia payback for Croatia

Published: Saturday 14 November 2009, 1.45CET
Cyprus 1-2 Croatia
Croatia avenged a shock defeat in their opening Group 7 game, with Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitić finding the target in Peyia.
by John Leonidou
from Peyia
Peyia payback for Croatia
Ivan Rakitić set up one and scored the other for Croatia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusCroatia

Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts4
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
13

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Published: Saturday 14 November 2009, 1.45CET

Peyia payback for Croatia

Cyprus 1-2 Croatia
Croatia avenged a shock defeat in their opening Group 7 game, with Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitić finding the target in Peyia.

Croatia avenged a shock 2-0 defeat in their opening UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 7 game, with Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitić finding the target against Cyprus in Peyia.

Brilliant lob
Croatia started the game brighter and should have taken the lead on four minutes but Ivan Perišić turned a clever cross from the left from Rakitić into the side netting. Nikola Kalinić then failed to connect with another perceptive ball, this time from Mato Jajalo, and the hosts punished them with their first attack of the game. Speedy AC Omonia striker Dimitris Christofi latched onto a long Pantelis Pitsillos ball and beat on-rushing goalkeeper Ivan Kevala with a brilliant lob. The hosts missed several more chances, with Christofi twice shooting straight at Kevala before defender Vida punished Cyprus with a bullet header from Rakitić's free-kick on the hour. Provider turned scorer five minutes later, tapping Kalinić's low cross into an empty net. The result leaves Croatia second in the section, a point adrift of leaders Slovakia.

 

Last updated: 14/11/09 16.21CET

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Lineup

Cyprus

Cyprus

Croatia

Croatia

1Tasos Kissas (GK) (C)1Ivan Kelava (GK)
2Panayiotis Panayiotou2Domagoj Vida
Goal60'
5Pantelis Pitsillos
Yellow Card49'
3Goran Jozinović
6Demos Socratous4Mato Jajalo (C)
Yellow Card43'
Substitution46'
7Andreas Stavrou
Substitution76'
5Tomislav Barbarić
8Antonis Katsis
Substitution70'
6Dejan Lovren
Yellow Card52'
9Dimitris Christofi
Goal25'
7Ivan Perišić
10Georgios Efrem8Milan Badelj
14Valentinos Sielis
Substitution88'
9Nikola Kalinić
Yellow Card49'
Substitution88'
15Marios Antoniades10Ivan Rakitić
Goal65'
17Georgios Economides11Josip Knežević
Substitution65'

Substitutes

12Kyriakos Ioannou (GK)12Marijan Antolović (GK)
3Angelis Charalambous13Elvis Kokalović
4Harris Drakos14Mario Maloča
Substitution88'
11Stamatis Pantos
Substitution70'
15Matija Spicic
16Aggelos Tsiaklis16Krešo Ljubičić
Substitution46'
18Andreas Kyprianou
Substitution76'
17Filip Ozobić
20Prodromos Therapontos
Substitution88'
18Andrej Kramarić
Substitution65'

Coach

Savvas Paraskevas (CYP) Dražen Ladić (CRO)

Referee

Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP), Manuel Angel Torre Cimiano (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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