North Ireland Against Croatia
North Ireland National Football Club Vs Croatia National Football Club
The Croatia football squad dominated the hosts in a friendly match at Windsor Park. They were able to end the home team’s three-year unbeaten run. Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić was able to succeed in his opening goal at the 9th minute of the game. This was his fifth strike in his last four games for his country and Duje Cop was able to double the visitors lead before the halftime ends at the 35th minute of the game. The squad’s first visit to Belfast was victorious when Andrej Kramaric succeeded an outstanding goal in the 2nd half.
Mario Mandžukić opening goal made the Croatian squad more determined to maintain their advantage, as a result, a lovely flowing move from his teammates. The Croatia was worried on how they are going to penetrate the host’s defense after realizing they were on drought after the 35th minute goal of Duje Cop and there was Andrej Kramaric who secures the squads victory as he swings a corner from the right straight on to Matej Mitrovic’s head at the near post with the help of the Duke Cop’s flick on. Andrej successfully scored his first ever goal for his country.
The Croatian squad last goal seems lowered the morale of the Northern Ireland squad. Michael O’Neill made a huge substitution to stop the momentum of the Croatian squad. Introducing Steven Davis, Conor McLaughlin, and Ryan McGivern. Unfortunately, they always failed on creating wonderful opportunities. The closest chance they get a wonderful strike was after another replacement. It was Kyle Lafferty who tested a rare shot on target in the 88th minute.
As the final minutes before the game ends. Croatia manager let Andrej Kamaric to take a rest with his efforts at the 67th minute of the game to secure the victory. He was also able to beat Alan Mannus with an outstanding 25 yards strike. It was Michael O’Neill’s first defeat at Windsor Park wayback September 2013 against Portugal. The game ends in 0-3 as the referee conducted the final whistle the visitors victory.
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