Croatia stun Germany 2-1

Updated: 15 June 2008 18:13 IST

Croatia stunned Germany 2-1 on Thursday and took control of Group B at the European Championship by getting goals in each half from Srna and Olic.

Croatia stun Germany 2-1

KLAGENFURT, Austria:

Croatia stunned Germany 2-1 on Thursday and took control of Group B at the European Championship by getting goals in each half from Darijo Srna and Ivica Olic.

Croatia took the lead in the 24th minute after Danijel Pranjic swapped passes with Ivan Rakitic and then sent a cross over for Srna, who slid alongside Germany defender Marcell Jansen and scored past goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Olic made it 2-0 in the 63rd after a shot from Rakitic on the right flank was deflected by Germany forward Lukas Podolski and bounced off the post right at Olic's feet. Podolski scored his third goal of the tournament in the 79th by sending a volley after a headed down ball from captain Michael Ballack hit a defender.

Germany was reduced to 10 men in injury time when Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a red card for pushing Croatia substitute Jerko Leko to the ground.

Croatia now has six points and could advance early, depending on the outcome of the later game between Austria and Poland. Germany still has three points.

Six minutes after Croatia's first goal, midfielder Niko Krancjar could have made it 2-0 but he blasted his shot over the crossbar from inside the box.

Ballack hit a long-range free kick to force a save from goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa in the 33rd _ Germany's first shot at the goal _ and central defender Christoph Metzelder headed over the net after a German corner from Torsten Frings.

Lehman made a 42nd-minute save from Krancjar's left-footed volley on a cross from Luka Modric. But Lehmann fumbled a long-range effort by Modric early in the second half that nearly trickled inside the post.

The Germans never found their vaunted pace and looked out of ideas against a crafty Croatian team that often changed the pace of the game.

Croatia also beat Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals in France in 1998, winning 3-0. Two years earlier, Germany had won 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the European Championship and went on to win its third title.





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Topics : Football Volkan Demirel Croatia Greece Germany Russia
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