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Croatia 2-1 Germany



Croatia and Germany fans pose for a photo

Croatia 2-1 Germany: Fans of both teams descend on Klagenfurt for a drink before their sides meet at the Worthersee Stadion

Sportfreunde Stiller entertain fans in Klagenfurt

Apart from the drink on offer, there is also musical entertainment to be found in the FanZone in the form of band Sportfreunde Stiller

Podolski rises with Darijo Srna

After scoring twice against Poland, Germany striker Lukas Podolski is the target for many of his team-mates' early upfield passes

Pranjic stops Fritz's progress

Clemens Fritz looks to push forward in the opening stages but finds Croatia's Danijel Pranjic on hand to thwart him

Croatia go close

A whipped cross looks for Niko Kranjcar but a well-positioned Per Mertesacker heads clear for Joachim Loew's team

Srna beats Jens Lehmann

The first goal goes to Slaven Bilic's side in the 24th minute when Pranjic's brilliant cross from the left is prodded home by Darijo Srna

Ballack fires in a free-kick

Their opponents look to respond through Michael Ballack's free-kick but his effort is punched away by Stipe Pletikosa

Germany goalkeeper Lehmann

Kranjcar has the chance to double Croatia's lead shortly before the interval but a fine save from Jens Lehmann keeps the score at 1-0

Ballack looks to score

Another Pletikosa punch, early in the second half, finds its way to Ballack but he stabs it over the bar as the opportunity goes begging

Olic makes it 2-0

Germany find themselves 2-0 down when Ivan Rakitic's deflected cross is turned on to the post by Lehmann only for Ivica Olic to tap in

Loew shouts instructions

With the game starting to elude his side, Loew replaces Mario Gomez with Bastian Schweinsteiger and urges more from his players

Podolski scores his third of the tournament

Twelve minutes remain when Philipp Lahm's cross finds its way to Podolski who fires home to set-up a tense finish

Schweinsteiger gets a red card

As Germany push for an equaliser, Schweinsteiger tangles with Jerko Leko and gets dismissed for shoving him to the ground

Bilic and Srna celebrate

No further goals materialise as Croatia hold on for a fine victory that moves them three points clear at the top of Group B




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