Croatia come from behind
Ivan Rakitic fires home winner
Last Updated: 12/10/12 10:41pm
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.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 12th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 6Israel
Fri 12th Oct - Group I
Finland1 - 1Georgia
Belarus0 - 4Spain
Fri 12th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep3 - 1Malta
Armenia1 - 3Italy
Bulgaria1 - 1Denmark
Fri 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 2Sweden
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Rep Ireland1 - 6Germany
Fri 12th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Iceland
Switzerland1 - 1Norway
Slovenia2 - 1Cyprus
Fri 12th Oct - Group G
Liechtenstein0 - 2Lithuania
Slovakia2 - 1Latvia
Greece0 - 0Bos & Herz
Fri 12th Oct - Group D
Turkey0 - 1Romania
Holland3 - 0Andorra
Estonia0 - 1Hungary
Fri 12th Oct - Group H
Moldova0 - 0Ukraine
England5 - 0San Marino
Fri 12th Oct - Group A
Serbia0 - 3Belgium
Macedonia1 - 2Croatia
Wales2 - 1Scotland
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I