Printer Friendly

Croatia shamed by performance against Iceland.

Belgrade, Muharram 13, 1435, Nov 16, 2013, SPA -- Croatia's World Cup future is "hanging" by a thread after a "shameful" performance and a goalless draw against Iceland in the first round of the World Cup qualification barrage, local newspapers editorialized Saturday, according to dpa.

Croatia must win in the return match Tuesday in Zagreb in order to qualify for the 2014 football championship in Brazil.

The country's two largest newspapers, Vecernji and Jutarnji, described Croatia as "clueless" under interim coach Niko Kovac as it was "in the era of Igor Stimac," fired a month ago.

Both blasted Croatia's failure to capitalize on the expulsion of red-carded Icelander Olafur Ingi Skulason in the 50th minute and warned that the team will have to show much more to advance to the 2014 World Cup.

"Not even that could do for Croatia," Vecernji wrote. "Croatia will have to 'bleed' in Zagreb to reach Brazil." Winners of 10 qualifying groups in Europe advance directly to the World Cup, while the eight best second-placed teams went to the barrage for the remaining four spots.

! Belgrade, Muharram 13, 1435, Nov 16, 2013, SPA -- Croatia's World Cup future is "hanging" by a thread after a "shameful" performance and a goalless draw against Iceland in the first round of the World Cup qualification barrage, local newspapers editorialized Saturday, according to dpa.

Croatia must win in the return match Tuesday in Zagreb in order to qualify for the 2014 football championship in Brazil.

The country's two largest newspapers, Vecernji and Jutarnji, described Croatia as "clueless" under interim coach Niko Kovac as it was "in the era of Igor Stimac," fired a month ago.

Both blasted Croatia's failure to capitalize on the expulsion of red-carded Icelander Olafur Ingi Skulason in the 50th minute and warned that the team will have to show much more to advance to the 2014 World Cup.

"Not even that could do for Croatia," Vecernji wrote. "Croatia will have to 'bleed' in Zagreb to reach Brazil." Winners of 10 qualifying groups in Europe advance directly to the World Cup, while the eight best second-placed teams went to the barrage for the remaining four spots.

--SPA 12:27 LOCAL TIME 09:27 GMT

All Rights Reversed for Saudi Press Agency

Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company
COPYRIGHT 2013 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2013 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Saudi Press Agency (SPA)
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Nov 16, 2013
Words:381
Previous Article:Twenty-two reported killed as truck overturns in southern India.
Next Article:More soldiers, trucks to Philippine disaster zone.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters