Croatia 1-0 Russia: Late own goal sends 2018 finalists to Qatar World Cup


Russia score a late own goal against Croatia
Russia needed to avoid defeat to qualify automatically for the World Cup

A late own goal by Fedor Kudryashov secured Croatia’s place at next year’s World Cup in Qatar and left Russia in the play-offs.

A draw would have been enough for Russia to finish top of Group H and they looked to be on course to achieve that with neither side able to find a breakthrough.

But Kudryashov bundled a cross into his own net with eight minutes to go.

Victory means Croatia finish top with 23 points, one point ahead of Russia.

Vyacheslav Karavayev had the chance to snatch the draw the visitors needed in the 90th minute but he shot just over the crossbar.

Line-ups

Croatia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12GrbicBooked at 90mins
  • 22JuranovicSubstituted forBrekaloat 75′minutes
  • 6Lovren
  • 20Gvardiol
  • 19Sosa
  • 10Modric
  • 11Brozovic
  • 15PasalicSubstituted forLivajaat 75′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 13VlasicSubstituted forPetkovicat 58′minutes
  • 9KramaricSubstituted forStanisicat 86′minutes
  • 4Perisic

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 2Stanisic
  • 3Barisic
  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 7Brekalo
  • 8Majer
  • 14Livaja
  • 16Jakic
  • 17Petkovic
  • 18Orsic
  • 21Vida
  • 23Sluga

Russia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Safonov
  • 4Karavaev
  • 3Diveev
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 8FominSubstituted forGlebovat 80′minutes
  • 6Barinov
  • 17GolovinBooked at 51minsSubstituted forChistyakovat 57′minutes
  • 20IonovSubstituted forZobninat 57′minutes
  • 9SmolovBooked at 55minsSubstituted forZabolotnyat 57′minutes
  • 10BakaevSubstituted forMostovoyat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Alvim Marinato
  • 2Chistyakov
  • 5Krugovoy
  • 7Zabolotny
  • 11Zobnin
  • 15Al Miranchuk
  • 16Haikin
  • 18Sutormin
  • 19Glebov
  • 21Erokhin
  • 22Mostovoy
  • 23Sergeev

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