Nikola Vlašić and Ioannis Pittas (Igor Kralj/PIXSELL) Nikola Vlašić and Ioannis Pittas (Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Croatia managed a 1:0 home win with a first-half header by Mario Pašalić in their second Group H match on Saturday in Rijeka.

Coach Zlatko Dalić’s team again had difficulty coping with an opponent focused exclusively on defense.

Croatia now have three points from two games. They lost their opening match against Slovenia 1-0. Cyprus have 1 point after a scoreless draw with Slovakia. Russia lead the group with six points after defeating Slovenia 2:1 earlier on Saturday.

Croatia have one more qualification match coming up, against Malta on Tuesday, also in Rijeka.