Croatian national team celebrates win over Sweden (Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL) Croatian national team celebrates win over Sweden (Photo: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Croatia opened the game strong, for the most part controlling the tempo on the pitch. This produced results in the 32nd minute of play, when midfielder Nikola Vlašić scored the opening goal for Croatia. The score remained until the 66th minute of play in the second half, when Swedish striker Marcus Berg evened the score at 1:1. Croatia was able to secure the win however, when striker Andrej Kramarić, who came on in the 74th minute of play to substitute Dario Melnjak, scored in the 84th minute of play.

At the end of the game Croatia led in most statistical categories, with 54% of possession six shots on goal to Sweden’s four and eight corner kicks to Sweden’s three. In the other Group 3 game, France hosts Portugal later this evening. The win means that Croatia is now third in the group with 3 points. On Wednesday Croatia will host France in Maksimir, with opening kick-off at 8:45PM.

Source: HRT