Croa­tia See Off Greece To Seal World Cup Spot

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ATHENS (Dis­patches) - Croa­tia coach Zlatko Dalic heaped praise on his play­ers af­ter they saw off Greece with the min­i­mum of fuss in their play­off tie on Sun­day to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup.

The im­pres­sive Croa­t­ians held Greece to a 0-0 draw at the Ge­or­gios Karaiskakis sta­dium in Sun­day’s sec­ond leg in Athens to com­plete a 4-1 ag­gre­gate vic­tory – mak­ing it the fifth time they have qual­i­fied for the global show­piece since gain­ing in­de­pen­dence in 1991.

”Con­grat­u­la­tions to my play­ers, it was a great game tonight, full of ten­sion, and we’ve achieved what we had set out to do and are go­ing to Rus­sia,” said a de­lighted Dalic.

“We played a truly awe­some game in Za­greb in the first leg, tonight here it was much harder. But it was never im­por­tant for me who would be our op­po­nents in this play­off, be­cause I was con­vinced that we would win who­ever we played against.”

Hav­ing done the hard work four days ago by win­ning 4-1 in Za­greb, Dalic’s team fin­ished the job com­fort­ably against the much-im­proved Greeks who were full of at­tack­ing in­tent and tena­cious tack­ling but lacked cre­ativ­ity up for­ward.

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