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Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK


Jozic to step down
Mirko Jozic says he will not continue as Croatia coach after his contract expires at the end of July.

Croatia blame pressure
Croatia coach Mirko Jozic says his side lost to Ecuador because they could not cope with the pressure of the occasion.

Ecuador end Croatia hopes
Ecuador win 1-0 to send France '98 semi-finalists Croatia crashing out of the World Cup.

Ecuador buoyed by historic win
Ecuador coach Dario Hernan Gomez says his team can return home proud of their efforts after beating Croatia.

Clockwatch: Ecuador 1-0 Croatia
Edison Mendez scores at the start of the second half as Ecuador and Croatia both fail to qualify from Group G.

Jozic praises his heroes
Croatian coach Mirko Jozic praises his team after their performance in beating Italy 2-1.

Croatia punish Italy
Unfancied Croatia stun World Cup favourites Italy by coming from behind to win 2-1 in Ibaraki.

Italy blame officials
Italian striker Christian Vieri launches a scathing criticism of the match officials after his country lose 2-1 to Croatia.

Clockwatch: Italy 1-2 Croatia
All the action as Croatia score twice in three minutes to stun the Italians and revitalise their World Cup dream.

Croatia branded a 'shambles'
Croatia's most successful coach has criticised the present team after their 1-0 defeat by Mexico.

Croatia see red as Mexico win
Boris Zivkovic collects the tournament's first red card as Mexico beat Croatia 1-0.

Croatia coach optimistic
Croatia coach Mirko Jozic refuses to write off his team's chances after an opening game defeat to Mexico.

Clockwatch: Croatia 0-1 Mexico
Cuauhtemoc Blanco scores from the penalty spot as Mexico win the opening match in Group G.

Aguirre demands more
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre says his team must improve despite defeating Croatia 1-0.

Suker going for gold
Croatia striker Davor Suker wants to make history by winning successive Golden Boot awards.

Croatia at a canter
Croatia claim an easy 4-0 win over a select Japanese side in their latest warm-up game.

Boksic pledges fitness
Alen Boksic insists he will be fit for Croatia's opening World Cup match, despite having an abdominal injury.

Balaban makes final cut
Bosko Balaban is named in Croatia's 23-man World Cup squad, despite enduring a testing season.

Prosinecki: We're in great shape
Croatia's preliminary squad arrived in Japan on Monday with playmaker Robert Prosinecki in confident mood.

Kovac: Luck is all we need
Robert Kovac backs Croatia to do well in the World Cup - and says the current crop of players are as good as the France 98 squad.

Croatia can cope with Tudor loss
Robert Jarni believes the squad is strong enough to overcome the loss of injured defender Igor Tudor.

Prosinecki plans retirement
Croatia's Robert Prosinecki decides to bow out of international football at the World Cup.

Crowd trouble mars Croatia win
Croatia cruise to a 2-0 victory over Hungary in a World Cup warm-up match but the game is overshadowed by crowd trouble.

Tudor injury major handicap
Croatia coach Mirko Jozic believes his team will be "20% weaker" following Igor Tudor's withdrawal through injury.

Suker wants another Golden Boot
Croatia's Davor Suker believes he can emulate his feat of four years ago and finish the World Cup as the leading scorer.

Suker happy with preparations
Croatia striker Davor Suker says the team are improving and coming into form at just the right time for the World Cup.

Wanted: Croatia fan
The BBC and the British Council are seeking a supporter to write about their experiences during the World Cup finals.

Croatia line up Hungary
Croatia have organised another friendly match before travelling to the World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Suker magic flattens Bosnia
Davor Suker masterminds Croatia's 2-0 win over neighbours Bosnia, providing a goal and an assist.

The World Cup stats
Statistical analysis on Croatia's performance in the finals.

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