Croatia Cruise Past Latvia in Riga with Easy 3-0 Win

Ivan SoldoCorrespondent IISeptember 3, 2010

Dario Srna scores amazing volley
Dario Srna scores amazing volley

Croatian national football team started their mission to qualify for European Championship.

They destroyed Latvia with a great result, 3-0.

After a big disappointment in qualifying for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. In Croatian group, England got their revenge in both matches and two tied matches against Ukraine saw Croatia finishing on a poor 3rd place and they were doomed to watch World Cup in South Africa on TV.

EURO 2012 qualifying group F: Croatia,Greece,Israel,Georgia,Latvia,Malta

Mladen Petrić, Ivica Olić and Darijo Srna were on target in a straightforward victory for Slaven Bilić's team in Riga. 

Croatian lineup:

Runje, Strinić, Šimunić, Ćorluka, Srna - Rakitić, Vukojević, Kranjčar, Eduardo, Petrić - Olić

Pranjic, Jelavic and Mandzukic came from the bench.

Croatian footballers went into the mach very seriously, and they didn't want to repeat same mistakes from last qualifying.

All 90 minutes, Croatia was dominating on the field, but it wasn't that easy. Latvia can be very uncomfortable for many big teams like Croatia.

Mladen Petrić scored nice header after big crowd near Latvia goal.

Second goal, Petrić passes nice long ball for Ivica Olić, who scores amazing header.

From 16 meters Croatian captain, Dario Srna scores amazing volley and finishes poor Latvians.

Croatians went into this match without their best player, Luka Modrić who still suffers from small injury. Croatia coach, Slaven Bilic said to media that he counts on Modric in next qualifying game.

Next match for Croatia will played on September 7th on their field against Greece who surprisingly draw against Georgia.


Israel vs Malta  3-1

- Israel deserved to win. Malta doesn't seem to be any threat to anybody in this group. Benayoung scored nice hat-trick to win first 3 points for Israel.

Greece vs Georgia 1-1

- One of the biggest surprises today. Definitively not big like Belarus winning in the middle of Pariz against France 0-1. Greece started very bad in this qualifying phase and if they loose against Croatia on tuesday they can say goodbye to European Championship 2012.

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