Euro 2008 Poland Vs Croatia Highlights Video

Croatia kept their 100 per cent record intact as they warmed up for a quarter-final meeting against Turkey with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Poland.

Coach Slaven Bilic named a much-changed side with their progress to the knock-out stages as Group B winners already confirmed, but they still managed to extinguish Poland's outside chances of joining them in the last eight with a solitary strike from Ivan Klasnic.

Poland could have qualified as group runners-up had they won in Klagenfurt and Germany lost to Austria in the other Group B game.

As it was, the Germans were 1-0 winners over the co-hosts, so Poland's second defeat of the group stage was purely academic.

Poland started the brighter and a few minutes into the game Mariusz Lewandowski had a chance with a free header from a corner, but the midfielder could only head the ball back across goal.

Five minutes later and the Poles wasted another chance, this time Daruisz Dudka glanced a free header wide from another corner.

However, they were the only chances Poland created in the whole of the first half and they tended to sit back too often.

Croatia took the game to Poland despite the match being little more than a run out and a chance to impress for several second-string players.

Just like the opening half against Austria last week, Leo Beenhakker's side had to rely on the agility of Artur Boruc to keep them in the game.

Half an hour into the game, Mladen Petric was one-on-one with the Celtic goalkeeper, but the impressive number one made a vital save.

The same situation occurred right at the end of the first-half, this time Ivan Rakitic having his effort saved by Boruc.

Poland came out fired up after the interval, but it wasn't long until their renewed efforts fizzled out.

Croatia throughout the game looked the most dangerous on the ball and it was a matter of time that they scored from a counter-attack.

In the 52 minute, Danijel Pranjic pulled the ball back to Klasnic, who fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.

The introduction of Ebi Smolarek gave Poland some much needed flair in the middle of the park, but they were reduced to taking long-range shots and never looked like troubling Vedran Runje in the Croatia goal as they simply ran out of attacking ideas.

0-1 Ivan Klasnic scores the winning goal for Croatia with a shot from inside of the box.

32′ Ivan Klasnic misses alone with the Polish keeper.

45′ Ivan Klasnic misses again.

63′ Guerreiro sends a shot just inches wide.

Bilic is delighted with his side's progress

Poland 0 - 1 Croatia
52′ [0 - 1] I. Klasnic

Match Statistics

shots on target : 3 - 6
shots off target : 12 - 9
possession (%) : 54 - 46
corner kicks : 5 - 1
offsides : 5 - 2
fouls : 24 - 16
yellow cards : 2 - 2
red cards : 0 - 0
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
Attendance: 30,461

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