FIFA WORLD CUP

Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany

Referee: Graham Poll | Attendance: 52000

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Croatia

  • Darijo Srna 3'
  • Nico Kovac 56'

2 - 2

FT

Game 44

Australia

  • Craig Moore 39' PEN
  • Harry Kewell 79'
  • 94'

    Remarkable and ridiculous, but the Aussies are through. Kewell is the hero. What a performance, what a match.

  • 94'

    NOW POLL SHOWS SIMUNIC HIS THIRD YELLOW CARD AND SENDS HIM OFF

  • 94'

    Viduka puts it in the net - and the goal is ruled out. Viduka hugs Poll for no obvious reason.

  • 93'

    Now there are two balls on the pitch. What a crazy, crazy game.

  • 92'

    Aloisi goes to the corner flag.

  • 92'

    Three added minutes signalled. Australia have a free kick deep in Croatian territory.

  • 92'

    Now Bresciano makes a good block from Srna and wins a free kick.

  • 91'

    Kalac drops a corner and Viduka comes to his rescue with a fine block.

  • 90'

    WHAT IS HAPPENING? Simunic is booked, seemingly for the second time, for tugging back Kennedy - and he is not sent off.

  • 90'

    That is Cahill, volleying Prso's cross away.

  • 89'

    Now it's all Croatia on the attack and Australia's unlikely defenders are Kewell, Kennedy and Cahill, along with more familiar figures like Neill and Moore.

  • 89'

    Well, if this game doesn't make football huge in Australia, nothing will.

  • 88'

    Kalac claims a cross, but rolls it out straight to a Croatian - but Leko panics and belts his shot over.

  • 88'

    How many more twists and turns can this match have?

  • 87'

    ANOTHER RED CARD. Now it's Brett Emerton for handball. His second yellow and Poll was probably right.

  • 86'

    And off the line. Craig Moore is the Aussie hero after Tudor controlled a long ball and beat the keeper.

  • 86'

    Did Croatia's hopes disappear with Simic?

  • 85'

    A cynical trip and Graham Poll showed the red card for the second time in this WOrld Cup. Simic also laid a hand on the ref, and it could have been that that made Poll's mind up.

  • 85'

    And a red card - Simic is off. He hacked down Kewell and that's his second yellow card.

  • 84'

    The flying Emerton heads away at the back post and the action just doesn't stop. This could be the best match of the World Cup so far.

  • 84'

    Croatia have to gamble now and striker Klasnic replaces defender Tomas.

  • 83'

    In the other game in this group, it is now 4-1 to Brazil.

  • 83'

    To a huge cheer from Socceroos fans, Modric's pass sails out for a goal kick.

  • 83'

    Big Kennedy comes back to head away. He's a presence in both boxes.

  • 82'

    And once again, we're back to end-to-end stuff. It's compelling.

  • 82'

    Kennedy counter-attacks, Bresciano supports, but runs into Kovac.

  • 81'

    Neill heads away Babic's free kick. Then, 30 seconds later, he hooks Prso's cross away.

  • 80'

    A booking for Emerton for delaying a free kick - and he is out of the next match. If Australia have one.

  • 79'

    The problem for them now is that the Socceroos are overloaded with strikers and now it is Croatia who need to score. Can Kennedy, Aloisi, Kewell and co defend?

  • 79'

    And with apologies to Croatian fans, Australia really do deserve that.

  • 78'

    Fantastic finish from Kewell, who was so calm when the ball dropped to him in the box. Bresciano crossed, Aloisi won the flick-on and Kewell did the rest.

  • 78'

    It's Harry Kewell at the back post, and they deserve that.

  • 78'

    GOAL! Australia are level

  • 77'

    As he did against Japan, Kennedy is making a real nuisance of himself in the box.

  • 76'

    And Kalac safely gathers a low shot on the turn from Modric.

  • 76'

    Thrilling, edge-of-the-seat stuff and so far, Australia deserve to go through. As it stands, they won't.

  • 76'

    Emerton drills it into the box, but it rebounds away and Prso, alone in attack, leads the counter attack.

  • 75'

    Bresciano takes, Kennedy wins the header but Tomas handballed - and it should have been a penalty.

  • 75'

    Last change for the Socceroos. Off goes Chipperfield, on comes the giant Kennedy.

  • 75'

    Now Bresciano wins a free kick right on the edge of the Croatia box.

  • 74'

    It's one-way traffic as an Emerton shot is blocked by a Croat foot.

  • 74'

    Neill with the long, high throw. Tudor heads away.

  • 73'

    And Australia are so, so close to an equaliser now. Croatia, meanwhile, replace striker Olic with Modric.

  • 72'

    Bresciano centred, a defender got a touch, Aloisi and Cahill slid in and the keeper did really well to cling on.

  • 72'

    Is that over the line? No - Pletikosa was brave there.

  • 72'

    And now it's off the line by Darijo Srna - and again Kewell is the man denied from the resulting corner.

  • 72'

    Brilliant save! It's Pletikosa to stop Kewell's first-time shot.

  • 71'

    Now he comes on in place of Sterjovski, who faded after a decent first half.

  • 70'

    Hiddink is preparing to bring on Bresciano in his second swap.

  • 70'

    And Pletikosa is booked for time-wasting. Four Croatians booked today so far.

  • 69'

    Twenty minutes or so for someone in the Australia camp to make himself a hero.

  • 69'

    Olic thinks he has sprung the offside trap, but he is halted by an offside flag.

  • 68'

    But Prso is just as important at the other end. He makes yards and uses up time with another strong run.

  • 67'

    Kewell leads the counter-attack and he is becoming a real influence. Unfortunately for Australia, Sterjovski then loses it.

  • 66'

    Emerton goes long, but Aloisi is penalised for his challenge in the box.

  • 65'

    Chipperfield crosses, Croatia clear but the pressure continues. Viduka has a go, but the offside flag is up - perhaps against Cahill.

  • 65'

    Croatia make a change now. Leko comes on for Niko Kranjcar.

  • 65'

    Nice move from Croatia, involving Prso and Babic before Kewell appears in defence to win it back for Australia.

  • 64'

    Emerton takes, Viduka wins the header but he can't control it.

  • 64'

    Cahill thinks he got elbowed in the face. He wins a free kick, more for obstruction.

  • 63'

    Hididnk brings on John Aloisi for Vince Grella. Another striker on - the intent is clear.

  • 63'

    The two No. 10s, Kovac and Kewell, get a ticking off.

  • 63'

    But Chipperfield curls it into the wall. Not a great effort.

  • 62'

    And what a position for a free kick this is, ideal for a left-footer and about 22 yards out.

  • 62'

    But here comes Kewell. He finds Viduka, but is fouled in the process by Simunic. He is booked.

  • 61'

    Now Brazil lead 3-1 through Gilberto. It's a straight fight between Australia and Croatia for second place in this group - and so far the Europeans are winning it.

  • 61'

    Emerton takes, Tudor jumps well to head away and Australia haven't made much of corners so far.

  • 60'

    Emerton plays a one-two with Viduka and wins a corner off Simunic.

  • 60'

    Srna's long ball is aimed at Prso. Neill tidies up well.

  • 60'

    Fine defending by the wing back Babic, tracking Sterjovski back.

  • 59'

    Despair in the Socceroos' support. They need a goal now. Brazil are 2-1 up against Japan now, courtesy of Juninho.

  • 58'

    Now Croatia are in pole position to go through unless Australia can equalise again.

  • 58'

    And now Hiddink must wish he'd picked Schwarzer.

  • 57'

    The Croatian captain did really well to fashion himself a chance to shoot, but Kalac parried it lamely and it bounced over him and in.

  • 57'

    GOAL - and what a mistake by Kalac. Kovac's shot was well struck, but he should have saved it.

  • 56'

    Kewell leads the counter-attack with Viduka charging up to join him. He goes 40 yards, beats three but is stopped by the fourth.

  • 56'

    Srna pulls it back to Kranjcar for the shot, but it's blocker.

  • 55'

    Srna goes down the right touchline and down under Chipperfield's challenge. Free kick.

  • 54'

    Olic goes down on the edge of the box, but that's no free kick.

  • 54'

    But Srna picks out Niko Kovac, who heads over the bar. He won the header in the six-yard box, though, so that has to be a good chance.

  • 53'

    A couple of free kicks go Croatia's way, and now the big men come up.

  • 52'

    Sterjovski has a go from the edge of the box. Tudor gets in a firm block on his shot.

  • 51'

    Chipperfield drills in a low cross and Kovac, banned if Croatia go through, clears for a corner.

  • 51'

    Cahill is fouled by Kovac, who was late, and that seemed to hurt the Aussie.

  • 50'

    His shot is powerful and dipping, but just too high.

  • 50'

    Srna takes charge. He bends it in and Cahill made a fine defensive header. It falls to Kranjcar on the edge of the box

  • 50'

    The strength of Prso earns Croatia a free kick in a decent position to cross. Emerton conceded it.

  • 49'

    Then Emerton powers forward, but he slices his shot wide.

  • 49'

    Moore stands tall at the near post to head Srna's cross away.

  • 48'

    Diabolical corner from Kranjcar but breathless, end-to-end stuff so far this half.

  • 48'

    Excellent skill from Babic in the Socceroos box. Emerton defends well, and it is a corner.

  • 47'

    Neill charges forward, finds Sterjovski and Tomas meets the cross. Great run from Neill, though.

  • 47'

    But now Australia are back on the offensive with first Emerton and then Sterjovski. His cross is cut out at the near post.

  • 46'

    Straight away, Prso wins a free kick as the Croats come forward.

  • 46'

    Croatia to get the second half going. They need a win to reach the last 16 themselves. A draw could suffice for the Socceroos.

  • 45'

    Half time, and a terrific half here. Srna put Croatia ahead, Moore equalised from the spot and Australia, if they can keep this up, will qualify.

  • 45'

    Cahill, at full stretch, just can't quite get the final touch to Kewell's deep cross.

  • 45'

    And Brazil are level. Great news for the Socceroos, and not bad for Croatia, either. Diet fan Ronaldo got the goal.

  • 45'

    Viduka comes out to the right, but Simunic defends well against the Socceroos captain.

  • 45'

    Two added minutes at the end of this first half.

  • 45'

    Srna takes, Kalac punches unconvcingly, and Croatia press again. Australia have to weather this storm.

  • 45'

    Now Moore sticks with Prso, but the big Croat wins a corner.

  • 44'

    Now Srna comes forward and thumps his shot into the shins of Grella

  • 43'

    And at the other end, Prso wins a flick-on, advances on goal and fires just over - he nearly restored Croatia's lead.

  • 43'

    Viduka wins the header, but it is at Pletikosa.

  • 43'

    Sterjovski brings the Socceroos forward. Then Kewell finds Chipperfield on the left, he turns Srna twice and crosses.

  • 42'

    Cahill goes for the spectacular, but can't really connect with his attempted overhead kick from Sterjovski's cross.

  • 41'

    No shock that Srna is the man to take it. Kalac, untroubled, spills it and it almost drops back into his own net. Nervy moment.

  • 40'

    Kranjcar hooks it forward and Moore has to concede the corner.

  • 39'

    Not many decisions have gone Australia's way, but an absolutely vital one did. The ref was right, though.

  • 39'

    He sent the keeper the wrong way and now, as it stands, Australia will go through

  • 38'

    GOAL - Fine penalty from Moore. Australia are level!

  • 38'

    Great spot fromt the ref and Tudor is booked for his protests.

  • 38'

    PENALTY - Emerton crosses, Cahill is pushed in the back and it's a spot kick - but it's given for handball against Tomas.

  • 37'

    Babic, meanwhile, tackles Kewell and brings the ball out of defence with aplomb.

  • 37'

    But Chipperfield only finds the dependable Prso at the near post.

  • 36'

    Sterjovski crosses, Viduka slides in, the ball just doesn't sit up for a shot, but he earns a corner.

  • 36'

    Well, everything in the group is going wrong for Australia at the minute, and yet their performance has given them reasons to be positive.

  • 35'

    Prso gets to the byline and crosses, but Culina is back to help out.

  • 34'

    Srna is alert to head out Grella's cross. Then Kewell crosses, Cahill tumbles and the keeper claims.

  • 34'

    And a shock elsewhere in the group - Japan lead. Bad news for both these teams and as it stands, Australia are bottom of the group.

  • 33'

    SO CLOSE! Culina comes forward, makes himself room to shoot and drills just wide from 20 yards.

  • 32'

    First booking, and it goes to Simic for trying to delay an Aussie free kick. He tried to walk away with the ball.

  • 32'

    Grella crosses it in, Cahill wins the header and the keeper is caught out... but Cahill is penalised. That giant jump might not quite have been legal.

  • 31'

    A free kick Australia's way as Srna fouls Chipperfield.

  • 31'

    Emerton with the corner, but that's too easy for Pletikosa. Nonetheless, a good couple of minutes for Australia.

  • 30'

    Fine save! It was Pletikosa from Kewell's well-hit drive. Cahill set him up.

  • 30'

    Culina crosses, Cahill gets up well and heads downwards, but Pletikosa gathers. The first real threat from the Socceroos.

  • 29'

    Neill smothers Prso's cross. Another fine bit of play from the Blackburn man.

  • 29'

    Ball over the top for Viduka, and that's not his strength. Pletikosa gets there.

  • 28'

    Petulant reaction from Srna after Cahill fouls him - he doesn't like the Australian's offer of an hand up.

  • 27'

    Kewell dives in the box, but can't get his head on a cross. Croatia, meanwhile, are standing firm in the face of the Aussie onslaught.

  • 26'

    Kranjcar can't control Olic's through ball, but noticable how few men the Croats will commit to attack.

  • 25'

    Cahill's reverse ball is well cut out by Tomas, who has started well in the Croatian defence.

  • 25'

    Neat play from Kranjcar and Srna on the counter, then Olic looks for Kranjcar and Grella tracked him back well from midfield to halt the Croat.

  • 24'

    Now Emerton is positive, cutting infield. Sterjovski crosses, Chipperfield goes for it, Kewell crosses and it just doesn't fall for anyone to shoot.

  • 23'

    ... which Prso heads away at the near post. The Socceroos need to avoid him at set pieces.

  • 22'

    Perceptive ball from Grella to send Sterjovski away round the right. Babic tackles him, but at the cost of a corner.

  • 22'

    Olic counter-attacks, but Neill, impressive already, wins the throw.

  • 22'

    Great move that just breaks down when Viduka looks to play Kewell through on goal.

  • 21'

    Croatia, now, are looking fairly negative, but Srna on the right is the danger man if they can find him.

  • 20'

    Kewell finds Chipperfield on the left. He returns it to the Liverpool man. He chips forward, Viduka goes down and referee Poll ignores him.

  • 19'

    Another free kick against the Socceroos, and Cahill in particular. They may feel they're due a decision.

  • 18'

    A Kewell cross is cleared, but Australia are looking the better team now.

  • 18'

    Chipperfield with the corner, it falls to to Cahill and the defender blocks his shot really well.

  • 17'

    Neill and Sterjovski combine, the latter crosses, Cahill collects and lays it back to Culina who drills his shot wide - and it took a deflection.

  • 16'

    Cahill bursts forward to collect Neill's pass, but he is penalised for handball. Good run, though.

  • 15'

    Chipperfield comes across to take on the right touchline. Prso heads powerfully away at the near post.

  • 15'

    This is better from Australia. More possession, more confidence and a free kick as Sterjovski is fouled.

  • 14'

    Harry Kewell tries his luck from distance. He connects well enough, but its some way wide.

  • 13'

    Dogged stuff from Emerton, sticking with Kranjcar and eventually robbing him.

  • 12'

    Kewell and Viduka try to link up. The Croats, who have been excellent at the back against Brazil and Japan, stop them.

  • 12'

    A poor touch from Viduka ends a promising move after Neill strolled forwards from defence.

  • 11'

    For the first time, Kewell runs at the defence but Tomas stands tall and does his job.

  • 10'

    Prso on the gallop, but the final cross is really poor. Neill reads it.

  • 10'

    Grella picks out Viduka on the burst, but he is held up and can't get a shot away.

  • 9'

    Emterton gets almost a first touch and finds Cahill, and now Australia can pass it.

  • 8'

    Now the influential Srna is back on the attack until the valiant Moore clears.

  • 7'

    And that should have been a penalty. Simunic, incidentally, was born in Australia.

  • 7'

    But they could have had a penlaty, Viduka turns Simunic and goes to ground- but Graham Poll waves the appeals away.

  • 7'

    Terrible start from the Socceroos. They're not in the game yet.

  • 6'

    Viduka is penalised for backing it in Tomas. He also took a whack to his nose.

  • 5'

    Croatia look good again with Srna again coming forward. Emerton has to shepherd the ball out of play.

  • 5'

    Instead we have a stoppage after Srna collided with Chipperfield while competing for a header.

  • 4'

    Australia have hardly seen the ball yet, and a bit of possession may calm them down.

  • 3'

    That changes everything. As it stands, Croatia go through and Australia are out. Still, they've plenty of time.

  • 3'

    Terrific free kick from the wing-back, right into the top corner. Kalac had very little chance and it's a dream start for the Croats.

  • 3'

    Srna is the set-piece specialist for the Croats - and what a free kick it is - GOAL

  • 2'

    But Croatia advance again, Viduka slides in on Kovac and it is a free kick 25 yards out.

  • 2'

    A mistake by Culina, whose clearance is blocked. Moore comes to his rescue, blocking a Srna cross.

  • 1'

    A first run for Babic from left wing-back leads Croatia across to Srna on the other flank. Positive stuff.

  • 1'

    A false start isn't an auspicious beginning. Now Australia kick off

  • 1'

    Australia get us underway. Reaching the World Cup at all was a huge achievement - can they take it one stage further and get to the last 16?

  •  

    One interesting selection from Hiddink - Mark Schwarzer out, Zeljko Kalac in - will it be a masterstroke?

  •  

    Effectively it's a shoot-out for second place, unless the unlikely happens and Japan beat Brazil in the group's other game.

  •  

    Guus Hiddink goes for broke with both Cahill and Kewell in his team. The suspended Robert Kovac misses out for Croatia.

  •  

    Croatia: Pletikosa, Simic, Tudor, Tomas, Simunic, Srna, Nico Kovac, Babic, Kranjcar, Prso, Olic. Subs: Balaban, Bosnjak, Butina, Didulica, Klasnic, Ivan Leko, Jerko Leko, Modric, Seric, Tokic, Vranjes. Australia: Kalac, Neill, Moore, Chipperfield, Emerton, Grella, Culina, Cahill, Sterjovski, Kewell, Viduka. Subs: Aloisi, Beauchamp, Bresciano, Covic, Kennedy, Lazaridis, Milligan, Popovic, Schwarzer, Skoko, Thompson, Wilkshire. Referee: Graham Poll (England)

COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Croatia

  • 12(6)

  • -

  • 17

  • 46%

    54%

  • Australia

  • 15(7)

  • -

  • 21

Croatia

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Stipe Pletikosa

D

3 Josip Simunic

D

5 Igor Tudor

D

7 Dario Simic

D

13 Stjepan Tomas
F
17 Ivan Klasnic

M

2 Darijo Srna

M

8 Marko Babic

M

10 Nico Kovac

M

19 Niko Kranjcar
M
16 Jerko Leko

F

9 Dado Prso

F

18 Ivica Olic
M
14 Luka Modric
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 12 Joseph Didulica
G 23 Tomislav Butina
D 11 Mario Tokic
D 20 Anthony Seric
M 6 Jurica Vranjes
M 14 Luka Modric
M 15 Ivan Leko
M 16 Jerko Leko
M 22 Ivan Bosnjak
F 17 Ivan Klasnic
F 21 Bosko Balaban

Match Stats

  • Croatia
  • Australia
12(6) Shots (on goal) 15(7)
17 Fouls 21
4 Corner kicks 9
2 Offsides 1
46% Time of Possession 54%
4 Yellow Cards 1
2 Red Cards 1
7 Saves 5
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