Croa­tia to give coach Dalic new con­tract for World Cup

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Croa­tia coach Zlatko Dalic will have his con­tract ex­tended af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the World Cup within weeks of be­ing hired.

The Croa­t­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion says its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will "ver­ify this agree­ment" next week.

Dalic took charge for Croa­tia's fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing group game when coach Ante Cacic was fired af­ter draw­ing with Fin­land 1-1 at home.

Un­der Dalic, Croa­tia won in Ukraine 2-0, then in the play­offs elim­i­nated Greece 4-1 on ag­gre­gate on Sun­day.

Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Dakor Suker says Dalic "ab­so­lutely jus­ti­fied our con­fi­dence in him, con- firm­ing he was the right choice."

Dalic pre­vi­ously spent seven years with clubs in Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates.

It is the sec­ond straight time Croa­tia ad­vanced to the World Cup with a coach ap­pointed late in the qual­i­fiers.

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