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Thursday, 22nd June 2006
Socceroos Draw Wins Place in Second Round

Group F Match

Croatia vs Australia
Stuttgart

Previous Encounters:
Croatia and Australia have played four friendly matches. Australia will want to forget the thrashing they received in Zagreb (7:0) on 6th June 1998 but will take some consolation from the two wins and a draw they achieved Down Under in 1992: (0:0) in Sydney on the 12th of July; (3:1) in Adelaide on the 8th of July; and (1:0) in Melbourne on the 5th of July.

The Match:
Croatia got themselves off to a perfect start when Darijo Srna scored from a free-kick in the third minute; a blistering shot, over the wall and into the top left-hand corner.

Three minutes later, Australia were denied a penalty when Mark Viduka was brought down by Josip Simunic; Aussie Rules style.

Australia started to attack more, with Kewell firing low and hard, as they searched out the equaliser before Croatia could double the lead and put the game beyond their reach.

The pressure eventualy paid off when Stjepan Tomas flung his arm at the ball, as he jumped for a clearing header in the penalty area. Craig Moore converted from the spot; straight down the middle.

Half-time: (1:1).

A goalkeeping area allowed Croatia to go back in front in this crucial game; as Nico Kovac's weak shot bobbled past Zeljko Kalac.

Eleven minutes from time, Harry Kewell levelled the score; to put Australia through to the Second Round.

Graham Poll, the English referee, then went mad with the cards in the final minutes; as the game turned into a farce.

Final Score:
Croatia 2 - Australia 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Darijo Srna (3)
1:1 Craig Moore (39pen)
2:1 Nico Kovac (56)
2:2 Harry Kewell (79)

Teams

Croatia:
1 Stipe Pletikosa; 3 Josip Simunic, 5 Igor Tudor, 7 Dario Simic, 13 Stjepan Tomas; 2 Darijo Srna, 8 Marko Babic, 10 Nico Kovac, 19 Niko Kranjcar; 9 Dado Prso, 18 Ivica Olic.

Australia:
18 Zeljko Kalac; 2 Lucas Neill, 3 Craig Moore; 4 Tim Cahill, 5 Jason Culina, 7 Brett Emerton, 13 Vince Grella, 14 Scott Chipperfield, 21 Mile Sterjovski; 9 Mark Viduka, 10 Harry Kewell.

Referee:
Graham Poll (England)

Substitutions Substitutions:
63 Mins (Australia) - 15 John Aloisi on for 13 Vince Grella
65 Mins (Croatia) - 16 Jerko Leko on for 19 Niko Kranjcar
71 Mins (Australia) - 23 Marco Bresciano on for 21 Mile Sterjovski
73 Mins (Croatia) - 14 Luka Modric on for 18 Ivica Olic
75 Mins (Australia) - 19 Joshua Kennedy on for 14 Scott Chipperfield
84 Mins (Croatia) - 17 Ivan Klasnic on for 13 Stjepan Tomas

Yellow Cards 8 Yellow Cards:
32 Mins - Dario Simic (Croatia)
38 Mins - Igor Tudor (Croatia)
62 Mins - Josip Simunic (Croatia)
70 Mins - Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
81 Mins - Brett Emerton (Australia)
85 Mins - Dario Simic (Croatia)
87 Mins - Brett Emerton (Australia)
93 Mins - Josip Simunic (Croatia)

Red Cards 3 Red Cards:
85 Mins - Dario Simic (Croatia)
87 Mins - Brett Emerton (Australia)
93 Mins - Josip Simunic (Croatia)

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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