Croatia – Ukraine: the home team won
Croatia won with a minimal advantage
National team of Ukraine on football on Friday, 24 March, held the fifth match of qualifying tournament of world Championship-2018, which is on the road met with the team of Croatia. The match was held in the arena “Maksimir” in Zagreb.
Unfortunately, the Ukrainians lose.
The game ended with the score 1:0.
The only goal was scored by Nikola kalinic – in the 38th minute of the game.
The match was officiated by the referees from Spain, headed by Antonio Mateu Laos.
Now the Ukrainian team behind the leader of the qualifying tournament in Group I Croatia by 5 points.
Turkey – Finland – 2:0
Kosovo – Iceland – 1:2
Croatia – Ukraine – 1:0.
Croatia – 13
Iceland – 10
Ukraine – 8
Turkey – 8
Kosovo – 1
Finland – 1.
We will remind, Ukrainians began qualifying round home draw against Iceland (1:1) and exit peace with the Turks (2:2). After this, the team of Andriy Shevchenko on a neutral field in Krakow, Poland defeated the players of Kosovo (3:0) and took over in Odessa over the national team of Finland (1:0).
After 4 rounds the Ukrainians behind the Croats two points, so the match had a huge tournament value. It is interesting in “historical statistics”. After all, draw a series of “blue-yellow” with “cellular”, lasts for almost 20 years – since the autumn of 1997.
The first meeting, a friendly, today’s opponents played in 1993 in Zagreb. The hosts won 3:1. The remaining six matches is matches qualifying for the European Championships and the world. Twice they have defeated the blazers (4:0 and 2:0), once the “blue-yellow” (1:0), plus the already mentioned three draws since 1997 to this day (1:1, 0:0, 2 :2).