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Austria 0-1 Croatia



Thousands of Croatia supporters descend on the centre of Vienna

Thousands of Croatia supporters descend on the centre of Vienna ahead of their side's match with hosts Austria

Austria fans start to build a lively atmosphere in the Ernst Happel Stadion

Austria fans start to create a lively atmosphere in the Ernst Happel Stadion with eyes on an unlikely opening victory in Group B

Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna shields the ball from Ronald Gercaliu

Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna makes early inroads into the heart of the Austrian half as the host nation struggle early on

Emanuel Pogatetz is booked after a furious rant at referee Pieter Vink

Emanuel Pogatetz is booked after a furious rant at referee Pieter Vink who awards Croatia a penalty following a foul on Ivica Olica

Luka Modric scores the opener

Luka Modric calmly slots the penalty straight down the middle as Croatia take the lead in just the fourth minute of the match

Luka Modric celebrates scoring his penalty

Modric celebrates his strike while hosts Austria must look to try and stem the tide of pressure from Slaven Bilic's men

Slaven Bilic gives a thumbs up

Austria create a number of openings in the first half but nothing to really concern Bilic and his Croatian side at half-time

Austria's players applaud their fans

Austria's players fail to force an equaliser despite bravely searching for a chance against a inconsistent Croatian outfit




see also
Austria v Croatia
08 May 08 |  Euro 2008


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