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City Stadium Skopje (ATT 33,000) 12th October 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Rasmussen

Macedonia Macedonia vs Croatia Croatia

Macedonia 1

A Ibraimi (16)

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Croatia 2

V Corluka (33)
I Rakitic (60)

Croatia come from behind

Ivan Rakitic fires home winner

Last Updated: 12/10/12 10:41pm

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Ivan Rakitic: Winner for Croatia

Ivan Rakitic: Winner for Croatia

Croatia came from a goal down to claim the second victory of their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign with a narrow win over Macedonia.

Croatia started the game in third in the group, level on four points with Serbia and Belgium, after their previous outing saw them claim a narrow 1-0 win over opponents.

Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of the game that night to leave Macedonia second bottom with just one point.

But it was the hosts who took the lead tonight when Agim Ibraimi drilled a left footed shot low into the centre of the goal in the 16th minute.

Little was created by either side as the first half wore on before Croatia levelled 12 minutes before half-time.

Ivan Rakitic sent in a corner from the left which found Vedran Corluka and the defender slotted a right-footed shot into the bottom left-hand of the goal from close range.

The game was evenly balanced after the break, Mario Mandzukic shooting wide for Croatia and Ivan Trickovski doing the same for Macedonia.

However, on the hour mark it was the visitors who went ahead, Ivan Rakitic drilling the ball home from 25 yards.

Macedonia attempted to get back into the game, Ibraimi's drilled left-footed shot from the right taken by Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa with Goran Pandev also having an attempt.

As the game went into injury time, Croatia almost doubled their lead when Darijo Srna's 30-yard free-kick hit the post.

Pandev attempted a curler with seconds left but Pletikosa was equal to it as Croatia held on.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4