Latvia 0-2 Croatia: Majer-ic Win For Croatians Sees Them Leave Wales In Their Wake

Written By: Abiodye Babatunde

Croatia recorded a victory for the first time in three games to crucially take them second in Group A UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying group with one game remaining, thanks to a 2-0 win over struggling Latvia.

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After back-to-back losses last month, Croatia needed to return to winning ways to stand a chance of booking an automatic place in UEFA’s European Championships in 2024.

The visitors gave themselves a fantastic opportunity to do just that by opening the scoring inside 10 minutes when Luka Ivanušec picked out Lovro Majer inside the area before the winger picked out the bottom corner to make it 1-0.


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Croatia weren’t done there however, and they continued their blistering start when Andrej Kramarić capitalised on poor defending to make it 2-0 and keep his side on track to equal or even better their 5-0 mauling of Latvia the last time they met.

The hosts left themselves plenty to do in the second half and especially needed to be more productive, not even recording an attempt on goal before the referee blew for the break.

Croatia continued to dominate the ball well into the second half, but Latvia did manage their first attempt just shy of the hour mark when Andrejs Cigaņiks’s long-range effort went wide of the post. Roberts Ozols then prevented it from getting even worse for his side when he superbly tipped a looping Josip Šutalo effort over the bar. After only winning one game of this campaign so far, Latvia only had pride to play for and this was evident as they struggled to cause the visitors any real problems throughout the game.

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Majer and Marco Pašalić missed late opportunities that saved Latvia further embarrassment and meant the game finished 2-0. The victory takes Croatia two points ahead of Wales after their draw against Armenia with only one game remaining, Latvia remain rooted to the bottom on three points.

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