Croatia met all requirements for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday by holding Greece to a 0-0 attract the second leg of their play-off in Piraeus for a 4-1 win on total. Zlatko Dalic’s men will play in their fifth World Cup in Russia one year from now, having just once neglected to qualify in 2010.
“We had a decent match in Zagreb however it was troublesome here. On the off chance that we had won 1-0 (in the main leg) it would have been exceptionally troublesome this evening,” said Croatia mentor Dalic, who just assumed control from the sacked Ante Cacic a month ago. “We are a decent group and it would not be only for us not to go to Russia.”
A solid guarded execution, particularly in the second half, was sufficient for Croatia to leave the Karaisiakis Stadium with an agreeable triumph over the two legs subsequent to winning 4-1 on Thursday. “It was an intense match for us. We didn’t play at our level, however more essential is the outcome,” said Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. “Greece played a decent diversion today around evening time, it pushed us, however there was no genuine open door (of a rebound).”
Greece mentor Michael Skibbe dropped half of his players from the appalling first-leg appearing in Zagreb, and the arrival of Roma protector Kostas Manolas held Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic under tight restraints. “Sadly we had an awful execution in Zagreb three days prior and we paid for it,” said German Skibbe.
“We at that point committed excessively numerous errors. Today around evening time we were phenomenal and Croatia were bad. The past match happened the a different way.”
For the initial 30 minutes Greece were in charge, yet regardless of two great shots from Borussia Dortmund safeguard Sokratis Papastathopoulos and AEK Athens forward Anastasios Bakasetas, the home group neglected to get the truly necessary early objective. Greece verged on scoring four minutes previously half-time when a cross from Kostas Mitroglou discovered midfielder Zeca, who headed the ball before the Croatian goalmouth, just for goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to tip the ball away with Panagiotis Retsos prepared to head in.
Be that as it may, the guests about put the attach to bed when a left-footed impact by Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic hit the post in the 43rd moment, after Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic had before twisted a free-kick over the crossbar. Greece kept on getting a charge out of a greater amount of the ball in the second time frame yet when it came to completing off an assault, either a pass would wander off-track or a protector would advance in.
A shot on the turn by Mitroglou from simply outside the punishment range simply missed the post with an outstretched Subasic unfit to achieve it. Greece put the ball in the net in the 79th moment, however substitute Dimitris Pelkas was accurately called offside. Bologna safeguard Vasilis Torosidis’ shot was obstructed by Subasic with only three minutes left, denying Greece even an encouragement strike.