Croatia secured a programmed compartment in the following year’s World Cup finals in sensational design as a late Fedor Kudryashov own objective gave them a 1-0 home success over Russia in their crunch Group D qualifier on Sunday.
Croatia, the 2018 World Cup other participants, hopped above Russia to top the standings on 23 focuses from 10 games, one more than the second-put Russians who will head into the March playoffs.Croatia ruled a match played in driving precipitation yet a line of good saves by visiting goakeeper Matvei Safonov and a waterlogged pitch kept them under control before Kudryashov’s awkward 80th-minute touch charmed the home fans.
Requiring an attract to qualify, the Russians safeguarded with everybody behind the ball and absorbed extraordinary strain as the Croatians attacked their objective however neglected to make obvious chances.Andrej Kramaric went directly at Safonov in the 10th moment before Marcelo Brozovic released two long-range endeavors, one cruising inches wide and the other drawing an aerobatic save from the meeting guardian.
Safonov kept out a short proximity Mario Pasalic header with a sublime stop in the 47th moment and the Russians had all the earmarks of being home and dry before they were scattered by Kudryashov’s mistake.
With floods of Croatian assaults losing energy on a troublesome pitch, left back Borna Sosa drifted in a confident cross from the left and Kudryashov packaged the ball into his own net after it skiped ungracefully before him.
Russia botched their main opportunity to rescue the game from their first familiar move in stoppage time, Vyacheslav Karavaev terminating over the bar from 18 meters.
Ondrej Duda scored a full go-around in Slovakia’s 6-0 success over Malta, who had Teddy Teuma and Ryan Camenzuli shipped off in the six minutes after half-time.