Euro 2019 Qualifiers: U-21 National Team Secures Win Against Belarus in 96th Minute

Daniela Rogulj

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The U-21 Croatian national team secured a last-minute win against Belarus in their group stage match for Euro 2019 qualifications. 

After opening with a win in Moldova (3:0), the U-21 Croatian national football team continued to qualify for Euro 2019 in a dramatic victory against Belarus at the City Stadium in Varaždin, reports HNS on October 5, 2017. 

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Although Nenad Gračan’s team had several chances in the first half, the match went scoreless for both teams at the half.

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Minutes into the second half, Belarus capitalized on their chances and Bahar gave Belarus a 0:1 lead. 

In the quest for equalization, the young Croatian side failed to find the back of the net until extra time. Former Hajduk defender Lorenco Šimić found a way past the Belarus goalkeeper with a stunning header for 1:1 in the 92nd minute.

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With little time left and in the last act of the game, a free kick from Andrija Balić found the boot of Benković who secured the 2:1 victory for Croatia in the 96th minute. A dramatic finish for our U-21 side! 

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In the second match of Group 1, Greece secured a 2:0 win at Moldova and retained the top position of the group. Croatia is currently in second place. 

Official: J. Maae (Denmark)

Goals: 0:1 – Bahar (48′), 1:1 – Šimić (90+2′), 2:1 – Benković (90+6′)

Yellow Cards: Jakoliš (30′), Berezkin (90+2′), Pečenin (90+5′)

Croatia: Posavec, Karačić, Benković, Šimić, Sosa, Šunjić, Ivanušec (from 57′ Turčin), Moro, Vlašić (from 77′ Balić), Brekalo, Jakoliš. Izbornik: N. Gračan.

Belarus: Šerbicki, Pečenin, Volkov, Pavlovec, Hvalko, Antilevski, Klimovič, Berezkin, Besmertni (from 72′ Kijko), Gromiko (from 88′ Ivanov), Bahar (from 63′ Ševčenko). Izbornik: L. Rumbutis. 

Translated from HNS


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