Andrej Kramaric scored late on to spare Croatia’s blushes and give them victory over the world’s 108th-ranked side Azerbaijan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

The striker slotted in with 11 minutes left to complete the home side’s comeback after they had fallen behind.

Ramil Seydaev’s fine finish had given the visitors a 19th-minute lead.

Borna Barisic levelled for the 2018 World Cup finalists, who had 74% of possession and 21 shots in the game.

Croatia were joined at the top of Group E by Slovakia thanks to their 2-0 victory over Hungary.

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 12L Kalinic
  • 2Brekalo
  • 21Vida
  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 3Barisic
  • 10ModricSubstituted forBadeljat 90+2′minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forVlasicat 73′minutes
  • 7Rakitic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 20PetkovicSubstituted forRebicat 69′minutes
  • 4Perisic

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 6Bartolec
  • 11Brozovic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 14Bradaric
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Milic
  • 17Rog
  • 18Rebic
  • 19Badelj
  • 22Leovac
  • 23Sluga

Azerbaijan

  • 1Agayev
  • 5MedvedevBooked at 67mins
  • 4Mammadov
  • 6Huseynov
  • 3Rahimov
  • 2QarayevSubstituted forDadashovat 88′minutes
  • 10Madatov
  • 14Pascual Israfilov
  • 20Almeida de OliveiraSubstituted forMakhmudovat 73′minutes
  • 13NazarovSubstituted forAbdullayevat 58′minutes
  • 11Seydaev

Substitutes

  • 7Abdullayev
  • 8Makhmudov
  • 9Alasgarov
  • 12Balayev
  • 15Buludov
  • 16Dadashov
  • 18Krivotsyuk
  • 19Babayev
  • 21Khalilzade
  • 22Abbasov
  • 23Mahammadaliyev
Referee:
Georgi Kabakov

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamAzerbaijan
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 2, Azerbaijan 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Croatia 2, Azerbaijan 1.

Attempt missed. Maksim Medvedev (Azerbaijan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Badavi Huseynov (Azerbaijan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Azerbaijan. Conceded by Ivan Perisic.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Milan Badelj replaces Luka Modric.

Foul by Andrej Kramaric (Croatia).

Ramil Seydaev (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Azerbaijan. Rufat Dadashov replaces Qara Qarayev.

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric following a set piece situation.

Nikola Vlasic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Qara Qarayev (Azerbaijan).

Attempt missed. Rahil Mammadov (Azerbaijan) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Araz Abdullayev with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Azerbaijan. Conceded by Duje Caleta-Car.

Foul by Andrej Kramaric (Croatia).

Eddy (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Croatia 2, Azerbaijan 1. Andrej Kramaric (Croatia) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ante Rebic.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Badavi Huseynov.

Josip Brekalo (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Araz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan).

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Brekalo.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Shahriyar Rahimov.

Attempt saved. Josip Brekalo (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Maksim Medvedev.

Substitution

Substitution, Azerbaijan. Emin Makhmudov replaces Richard Almeida.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Nikola Vlasic replaces Mateo Kovacic.

Foul by Josip Brekalo (Croatia).

Mahir Madatov (Azerbaijan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mahir Madatov (Azerbaijan).

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ante Rebic replaces Bruno Petkovic.

Booking

Maksim Medvedev (Azerbaijan) is shown the yellow card.

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Araz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan).

Hand ball by Mahir Madatov (Azerbaijan).

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Petkovic (Croatia) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Mahir Madatov.

Attempt missed. Josip Brekalo (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic following a set piece situation.

Josip Brekalo (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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