Croatia v Australia, 22 June 2006

Score2-2
RefereeGraham Poll
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group F
VenueGottlieb Daimler, Stuttgart
Attendance52,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Philip Sharp (England) Glen Turner (England) Fourth official: Kevin Stott (United States) Fifth official: Gregory Barkey (United States) Man of the Match: Harry Kewell (Australia) Croatia and Australia have met on four previous occasions, all in friendly matches. Croatia's only win came in the most recent encounter - a 7-0 thumping in Zagreb on 6 June 1998. The close cultural ties between the two countries mean that three players in the Croatia squad were born in Australia while no less than seven of the Australians have a Croatian family background. This was the fifth World Cup finals game where three players have been sent-off. It is the second of Germany 2006 following the Italy v USA game in Group F.

2  Croatia

Manager: Zlatko Kranjcar

2  Australia

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Goals:

Darijo Srna 2 G
Niko Kovac 56 G

Goals:

Craig Moore penalty 39 P
Harry Kewell 79 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa
Defender Dario Simic
Defender Josip Simunic
Defender Igor Tudor
Defender/Midfielder Darijo Srna
Defender/Midfielder Stjepan Tomas
Midfielder Marko Babic
Midfielder Niko Kovac (captain)
Midfielder Niko Kranjcar
Forward Ivica Olic
Forward Dado Prso

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac
Defender Brett Emerton
Defender Craig Moore
Defender/Midfielder Scott Chipperfield
Defender/Midfielder Lucas Neill
Midfielder Jason Culina
Midfielder Vince Grella
Midfielder/Forward Tim Cahill
Midfielder/Forward Harry Kewell
Forward Mile Sterjovski
Forward Mark Viduka (captain)

Substitutions:

Jerko Leko for Niko Kranjcar 65
Luka Modrić for Ivica Olic 74
Ivan Klasnic for Stjepan Tomas 83

Substitutions:

John Aloisi for Vince Grella 63
Mark Bresciano for Mile Sterjovski 71
Joshua Kennedy for Scott Chipperfield 75

Cards:

Dario Simic 32 Y
Igor Tudor 38 Y
Josip Simunic 62 Y
Stipe Pletikosa 70 Y
Dario Simic 85 Y
Dario Simic 85 R
Josip Simunic 90 Y
Josip Simunic 90 Y
Josip Simunic 90 R

Cards:

Brett Emerton 81 Y
Brett Emerton 87 Y
Brett Emerton 87 R

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Tomislav Butina
Goalkeeper Joey Didulica
Defender Ivan Bosnjak
Defender Robert Kovac
Defender Anthony Seric
Defender Mario Tokic
Midfielder Ivan Leko
Midfielder Jerko Leko
Midfielder Luka Modrić
Midfielder Jurica Vranjes
Forward Bosko Balaban
Forward Ivan Klasnic

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ante Covic
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
Defender/Centre back Tony Popovic
Defender/Midfielder Mark Milligan
Midfielder Mark Bresciano
Midfielder Stan Lazaridis
Midfielder Josip Skoko
Midfielder Luke Wilkshire
Forward John Aloisi
Forward Joshua Kennedy
Forward Archie Thompson

Comments:

Croatia finish in third place in Group F. When Josip Simunic was shown a second yellow card, he was not sent-off by referee Graham Poll. However, he was dismissed after being shown a third yellow card shortly afterwards.

Comments:

Australia finish as runners-up in Group F to qualify for the Round of 16 for the first time at only their second World Cup finals.