Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Eduardo’s assist hands Croatia the winner
By 1970’s Gooner
There was a last minute change of plans by Bilic when Petric, who was expected to sit out this game due to an ankle injury, declared himself free of pain and therefore Eduardo had to wait for his chance on the bench.
The Romanians started the game better with their crisp and incisive passing. It was not a surprise that they went ahead on 22 with a well taken goal by Marica.
Croatia equalised with Rakitić’s 35 meter free kick on 28 minutes.
Eduardo came on the 61st minute for Olic and was quick to make an impact. He chased everything, showed a lot of determination but above all played without fear.
His insistence brought Croatia’s winning goal when surrounded by a host of Romania’s defenders he fought for the ball managing to pass it to the unmarked Nico Kranjkar who steered it home from a couple of yards.
Although he played for only 34 minutes Eduardo must be feeling a lot better now having appeared in a competitive game, making a decisive impact and above all coming through unscathed both physically and mentally.
Next game Cardiff?