Jelavic seals Croatia win

Everton striker gets Croatia off to winning start

Nikica Jelavic: Striker comes off the bench to net winner

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Nikica Jelavic scored just five minutes after being brought on as a second-half substitute to give Croatia a 1-0 victory over Macedonia.

It was a winning start for new coach Igor Stimac, after he took over from Slaven Bilic after Euro 2012.

The decisive moment came when Luka Modric floated a cross into the penalty box for Mario Mandzukic. He headed the ball into the path of Jelavic, who glanced a header past goalkeeper Martin Bogatinov.

The header from the Everton striker ensured the home side secured a winning start to their campaign in Group A and gave them a valuable three points ahead of a tricky trip to Belgium on Tuesday.