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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Stadion Maksimir

Referee: Lubos Michel | Attendance: 38000

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Croatia 0-0 Russia: Group wide open

ZAGREB, June 6 (Reuters) - Croatia stayed on course to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals and extended their unbeaten home run to 32 competitive matches after a 0-0 draw with Russia in their Group E qualifier on Wednesday.

The Croatians, who have never lost a European Championship

or World Cup qualifier at home, top the group with 17 points

from seven matches, ahead on goal difference of Israel who have

played a game more.

Third-placed Russia, on 15 points from seven games, and

England, in fourth on 14 from seven, are also very much in the

hunt ahead of what Russia's coach Guus Hiddink believes will be

their crucial double-header in September and October.

'That's when this tight group will be decided and hopefully

we will be able to perform well and get the results we need

against England,' he told Croatian television after seeing his

team hang on against a more adventurous home side.

'We are happy with the outcome here because very few teams

have been able to get a result against a top quality Croatia

side in Zagreb and the performance will also give us a lot of

confidence,' he said.

Croatia had the Russians on the back foot for long spells

but resolute defending from the visitors and a good save from

their keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev in the closing stages denied

the hosts a sixth successive win in the group.

After a dour first half, Croatia twice came close in the

space of a minute near the hour mark when Eduardo da Silva saw

his shot into en empty net charged down and Josip Simunic's

looping header came off the crossbar.

Croatia, unable to break through a packed Russian midfield

and carve out clear-cut chances, pressed on with long balls in

search of a winner and almost got it when Malafaeyev parried

Petric's fierce shot and then scrambled the ball off the line.

The home team's coach Slaven Bilic was pleased with the

performance but rued a missed chance to pull clear of Croatia's

rivals at the top of the group.

'We did everything but score, the lads did a great job and

played their hearts out but it wasn't enough against a defensive

Russian side,' he said.

'It's a pity we didn't put them away because we were the

better side but the outcome still leaves us in a great position

to qualify. It will be a very interesting run-in though.'

Croatia's next match is at home to Estonia on Sept. 8, when

Russia host Macedonia while England entertain Israel.

Scoring Summary

  • Croatia
  • Russia
 
 

Match Stats

  • Croatia
  • Russia
14(6) Shots (on goal) 6(1)
18 Fouls 13
12 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 0
52% Time of Possession 48%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4

Teams

  • Croatia
  • Russia
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