Croatia World Cup-bound after draw in athens
Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals after a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the playoffs against Greece on sunday in athens. With a considerable advantage from Thursday’s 4-1 victory in Zagreb, Croatia easily held off the Greek hosts. Croatia came closest to scoring in the 42nd minute when ivan Perisic’s powerful shot ricocheted off Greece’s left post, with goalkeeper orestis Karezis well beaten. Ben Roethlisberger’s 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds left set up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time expired Sunday, giving Pittsburgh a 20-17 come-from-behind win at Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Steelers (7-2) have won four straight overall and five in a row in the series.
But it sure wasn’t easy as the Colts (3-7) held Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell in check. Pittsburgh needed two second-half TD passes from Roethlisberger to fight its way out of a 17-3 third-quarter deficit. And Roethlisberger reverted to his traditional form on the Steelers’ final possession.
“Big Ben is Big Ben and he finds guys, and we’ve got him in second-and-long and he finds a guy, and then he scrambles around and finds Antonio Brown,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “That’s what he does.”
The two-time Super Bowl champion methodically marched the Steelers 70 yards in the final three minutes, 10 seconds to give Pittsburgh its only lead.
Roethlisberger was 19 of 31 for 236 yards with one interception. Bell had 26 carries for 80 yards and Brown, the league’s leading receiver, caught three passes for 47 yards.