Croatia vs Australia

Current Score

  • Croatia 1
  • Australia 0

Match Profile

Goal Scorers
  • N. Jelavić
    • 58minutes
Goal Scorers
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
7 Jun 2014 - 12:00pm

Socceroos fall to Croatia

  • Contrasting emotions... Jelavic enjoys his moment as the Socceroos are left to ponder what if (Getty)
Australia showed some promising signs in its 1-0 international defeat to Croatia in Salvador in its final warm-up game ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Omnisport, SBS
7 Jun 2014 - 10:58 AM  UPDATED 7 Jun 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Nikica Jelavic goal in the second half proved the difference in a match that never scaled great heights but showed that the Socceroos could compete with a top-class opponent.

Australia was compact throughout but a concern is the team's inability to threaten in front of goal, ahead of its World Cup meeting with Chile next weekend.

As expected, Ange Postecoglou selected a strong line-up with returning skipper Mile Jedinak in the heart of midfield with Ivan Franjic in at right-back, Alex Wilkinson in central defence alongside Matthew Spiranovic, Tommy Oar playing the No.10 role and Dario Vidosic's selection over Ben Halloran the only real surprise.

Mark Bresciano was a second-half substitute for the Socceroos as he searches for some much-needed match time.

Croatia started with regulars Ivan Rakitic, Ivica Olic, Vedran Corluka and Mario Mandzukic – suspended for the World Cup opener against Brazil – on the bench.

Mandzukic came on for Jelavic just after the goal and the Bayern Munich striker required treatment on his ankle late on.

The absence of Rakitic for the most part hurt Croatia, which, like the Socceroos, lacked the cutting edge to threaten often.

In the opening stages the green and gold looked the better of the two sides but as the first half progressed Croatia got into the game although neither side produced any notable openings in the final third.

Croatia came closest in the 20th minute as Eduardo, having been floored and requiring treatment moments earlier, forced Mat Ryan into a save down low to his right after a Jelavic cutback.

In a major worry for Croatia coach Niko Kovac, left-back Danijel Pranjic came off in the first half after twisting his ankle under a challenge.

Not much changed after the breakalthough Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa was involved for the first time 90 seconds after the interval, easily claiming a Tim Cahill header.

Croatia captain Darijo Srna came close with a free-kick in the 56th minute, but he curled a powerful 20-yard effort wide of Ryan's goal.

Two minutes later, a lapse in the Australian defence gave Jelavic a clear sight on goal, which he duly dispatched.

The ball fell to Luka Modric on the edge of the box and as Franjic lunged in to make a tackle the ball deflected to an unmarked Jelavic, as Spiranovic and co. appealed for off-side, and he fired his left-foot shot past Ryan and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Both sides rung the changes after that point including the introduction of Bresciano for Tim Cahill on 66 minutes.

Other Australian changes included James Triosi and Matt McKay on for Mark Milligan and Oar, and Adam Taggart on for Leckie on 85 minutes.

Second-half substitute Ivica Olic tested Ryan from range as the earlier introduction of Rakitic gave Kovac's men more impetus moving forward.

The Socceroos would be content with the run out as Jedinak got through 74 minutes and the combinations in defence began to bed in.

Match Commentary

minute code event
85 SO Substitute out M. Leckie of Australia
85 SI Substitute in A. Taggart of Australia
84 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Srna of Croatia
81 SO Substitute out M. Milligan of Australia
81 SI Substitute in M. McKay of Australia
81 SO Substitute out T. Oar of Australia
81 SI Substitute in J. Troisi of Australia
77 SO Substitute out Eduardo Da Silva of Croatia
77 SI Substitute in I. Olić of Croatia
74 SO Substitute out M. Jedinak of Australia
74 SI Substitute in J. Holland of Australia
67 SO Substitute out I. Perišić of Croatia
67 SI Substitute in A. Rebić of Croatia
66 SO Substitute out T. Cahill of Australia
66 SI Substitute in M. Bresciano of Australia
64 YC Yellow card awarded to M. Mandžukić of Croatia
59 SO Substitute out L. Modrić of Croatia
59 SI Substitute in I. Rakitić of Croatia
59 SO Substitute out M. Kovačić of Croatia
59 SO Substitute out L. Modrić of Croatia
59 SI Substitute in Sammir of Croatia
59 SO Substitute out N. Jelavić of Croatia
59 SI Substitute in M. Mandžukić of Croatia
58 G GOAL (Croatia): Scored by N. Jelavić
55 SO Substitute out D. Vidošić of Australia
55 SI Substitute in B. Halloran of Australia
44 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Vida of Croatia
25 SO Substitute out D. Pranjić of Croatia
25 SI Substitute in Š. Vrsaljko of Croatia

Match Statistics


Possession (%) 49
Goals 1
Yellow Cards 3
Fouls 13
Offsides 1
Corners 1
Shots on Target 4
Shots Blocked 2
Shots Wide 5
Free Kicks 18
Throw Ins 29
Goal Kicks 4