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Scotland vs Croatia 7th June 2013

Scotland vs Croatia World Cup: Scotland claim shock 1-0 win in Croatia

Robert Snodgrass: On target for Scotland

Scotland vs Croatia – Scotland claimed their first win in World Cup qualifying with a brilliant 1-0 win in Croatia.

The only goal of the game came in the first half as Robert Snodgrass slid home ahead of Stipe Pletikosa to give Gordon Strachan a famous victory.

Strachan’s men headed into the match already out of the race for Brazil in 2014, massive underdogs to claim a positive result, and a staggering 70 places behind Croatia in the world rankings.

But Snodgrass proved to be the difference between the two nations when he grabbed the only goal of the game to hand the Scots their first competitive victory since beating Liechtenstein in October 2011.

The breakthrough came after 26 minutes and the Croats were stunned when it was the Scots who surged into the lead.

Fine play by the impressive Maloney resulted in the ball breaking for Snodgrass, who showed good anticipation to pounce on the loose ball and stab home.

The home side should have levelled when Brazilian-born Sammir collected a short back-pass by Grant Hanley but blazed over with the gaping net at his mercy to jeers from the crowd.

Skipper Darijo Srna was then denied a goal by a timely clearance from Russell Martin just before half-time.

 

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