The Croatian national football team is on track to qualify for EURO 2020 after beating Hungary 3:0 in the sixth round of play in Group E in front of 33,000 spectators at Split’s Poljud Stadium.
Scoring for Croatia were team captain Luka Modrić (5) and striker Bruno Petković (24, 42). Ivan Perišić missed a penalty kick 55 minutes into the match, while Hungary’s Laszlo Kleinheisler was sent off in the 57th minute of play after earning his second yellow card.
In its first game in Split in four and a half years, the Croatian national football team put in an excellent performance, dominating play throughout the entire match. Coach Zlatko Dalić’s team was looking to not only make amends for their 2:1 loss to Hungary in March, but also to erase the memory of an embarrassing 1:1 tie against Azerbaijan in September.
The win has put Croatia in a position to secure its ticket to EURO 2020 this Sunday, when they play Wales in Cardiff. Their last game of the qualification cycle will come on November 16th against Slovakia in Rijeka.
Along with the 33 000 fans, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković were also on hand to cheer the national team on.
In the other Group E game Slovakia and Wales played to a 1:1 draw in Trnava. The visiting team took the lead in the 25th minute of play with a goal from Kieffer Moore. Slovakia’s Juraj Kucka equalized in the 53rd minute.
CROATIA: Livaković - Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barišić - Rakitić (Vlašić, 73), Modrić (Kovačić, 67), Brozović - Rebić, Perišić (Brekalo, 61), Petković
HUNGARY: Gulacsi - Kádár (Lang, 46), Orban, Korhut, Lovrencsics - Vida, Kleinheisler - Sallai (Varga, 76), Holman, Dzsudzsák (Nagy, 60) - A. Szalai
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