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Kovac blames Real over Modric

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No row with Real Madrid over Luka Modric, says Croatia coach Kovac

The ESPN FC panel are joined by Santi Solari, where he discusses the impact of Luka Modric's absence to Real Madrid's midfield.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the injury concerns facing Real Madrid ahead of their Champions League clash with in-city rivals Atletico.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his side's 3-1 win over Malaga was a positive match, despite Gareth Bale and Luka Modric both limping off with injuries.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac has played down talk of conflict with Real Madrid over midfielder Luka Modric's injury difficulties.

Modric is sidelined after straining ligaments in his right knee during Real's win over Malaga on April 18 -- an injury Croatia team doctor Boris Nemec blamed on Carlo Ancelotti not easing the player back gradually enough after four months out with a torn thigh muscle.

That muscle tear was picked up on international duty with Croatia in November, and Kovac claimed the...

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Luka Modric injury caused by Real Madrid boss Ancelotti - Croatia doctor

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his side's 3-1 win over Malaga was a positive match, despite Gareth Bale and Luka Modric both limping off with injuries.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is responsible for Luka Modric's latest injury setback, Croatian national team doctor Boris Nemec has claimed.

Modric is facing six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a medial collateral ligament sprain on his right knee during Madrid's 3-1 win over Malaga at the weekend.

It occurred just weeks after the 29-year-old had returned to action from a four-month absence with a hamstring problem, and Nemec told Nova TV that Ancelotti was at fault.

"Ancelotti did not...

Croatia put five past Norway

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Croatia sealed a comfortable 5-1 win over Norway to continue their fine form in their European Championship qualifying campaign.

Croatia claimed a comfortable 5-1 victory over Norway in an entertaining Euro 2016 qualifier at the Stadion Maksimir on Saturday.

The Group H leaders went three points clear at the top ahead of second-placed Italy's Saturday evening clash in Bulgaria thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Ivica Olic, Gordon Schildenfeld and Danijel Pranjic, while they lost Vedran Corluka to a red card midway through the second half.

Tarik Elyounoussi missed a penalty for Norway with 20 minutes left...

AFF finalists Thailand and Malaysia set for rematch in King's Cup

Chanathip Songkrasin could be renewing his battle against the Malaysian defenders sooner than expected.

An epic rematch between 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup finalists Thailand and Malaysia could take place next month with Dollah Salleh's side set to replace Croatia in the King's Cup.

The Croatian Football Federation has withdrawn from the tournament from Feb. 1 to 7 in the Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand.

That leaves South Korea and North Korea as the only confirmed teams, in addition to the host nation.

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) are in talks with three nations about taking Croatia's...