Croa­tia re­places coach af­ter 1-1 draw with Fin­land

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Croa­tia coach Ante Cacic has been fired and re­placed by Zlatko Dalic.

Da­vor Suker, the president of Croa­tia's soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion, says Dalic is tak­ing over af­ter Croa­tia stum­bled in a 1-1 home draw against Fin­land on Fri­day in World Cup qual­i­fiers.

Croa­tia is sec­ond in Group I, level on 17 points with Ukraine, and two points be­hind leader Ice­land with one game left.

Croa­tia Mon­day. faces Ukraine on

Suker says Croa­tia still has "a chance to get into the play­offs and to make it to the World Cup" in Rus­sia next year.

He adds that Dalic "will lead the team in the cru­cial game against Ukraine and we are hop­ing for a pos­i­tive out­come."

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