Klasnic gives Group B winners Croatia victory over Poland (Lead)June 17th, 2008 - 7:05 am ICT by IANS
Klagenfurt (Austria), June 17 (DPA) Croatia completed Group B with a 100-percent record after they beat Poland 1-0 in a disappointing match Monday. Ivan Klasnic scored the only goal of the game after 52 minutes and though Poland had a couple of late chances, Croatia were deserved winners as they moved through to a quarter-final against Turkey.
Klasnic, who was the first kidney transplant recipient to play a match at the European Championships, finished off neatly after some nice play by Danijel Pranjic.
Having already wrapped up top spot in the group, Croatia manager Slaven Bilic made nine changes but while Poland needed victory to stand a chance of progressing, they were woeful.
Pranjic caused Poland all sorts of problems, getting behind the defence several times, and Poland didn’t create anything of note in the first half but kept Croatia at bay.
But the deadlock was broken seven minutes into the second half when Pranjic again broke clear and Klasnic slotted the ball home.
Poland came into things as the match went on and Tomasz Zahorski should have scored late on only to dwell on the ball long enough for Croatia to clear the danger.