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Croatia 2-1 Germany

Bilic was confident his side could beat Germany

Jubilant Croatia coach Slaven Bilic hailed his side after their surprise 2-1 win over Germany secured their place in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals.

"It was a great game. But I want to congratulate my players - not only for the fight they showed but for playing an excellent match," said Bilic.

"There is no other way to beat the Germans than to play well.

"We controlled the game but Germany are still a great team and still one of the favourites for the title."

Darijo Srna put Bilic's side ahead in the first half and Ivica Olic made it 2-0 before Lukas Podolski's late consolation for Germany.

New Tottenham signing Luka Modric, who will complete his 15.8m move from Dinamo Zagreb after the tournament, was instrumental in Croatia's victory.

Modric's promptings in midfield helped Croatia turn in a display which was a huge improvement on their patchy performance against Austria in their first match.

"We are overjoyed by this win, we started off playing tough, the way we wanted to," said Modric.

"We wanted to exert pressure on our opponents so as not to allow them to develop their own game.

"We also wanted to show that the criticism after the first match was uncalled for."

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Croatia stun Euro 2008 favourites Germany with a 2-1 victory to take control of Group B.

Group B
16 June 2008 21:40
    P GD PTS
1 Croatia 3 3 9
2 Germany 3 2 6
3 Austria 3 -2 1
4 Poland 3 -3 1

see also
Croatia 2-1 Germany
12 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Austria 1-1 Poland
12 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Chiles on Croatia & Euro 2008
06 Jun 08 |  Croatia
Spurs sign Croatian star Modric
26 Apr 08 |  Tottenham
Highlights: Croatia 2-1 Germany
13 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Croatia team guide
15 May 08 |  Croatia
Germany team guide
15 May 08 |  Germany
Virtual replay
13 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008

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