Cestitam igracima Hrvatske Nogometne Reprezentacije na pobjedi, jos ima nada za nas. Igraci su super odigrali utakmicu, brzo i borbeno. Sada je situacija u Groupi G otvorena da mogu obje ekipe proci do drugog kola. Vidjeti cemo sto ce biti u cetvrtak sa Ekuadorom, sve je sada moguce da Hrvatska ide dalje.
First off, sorry forposting that in the other thread. All media I read gave Croatia credit for that win, the two disallowed goals were rightfully disallowed, top marks to the linesman. It just boils my blood that respected media sorces would take this away from us. I apologise.
Now, to the game.
We outplayed Italy, especially in the first half where we had more possesion and 5 more shots. Vugrinec's effort should have been in, and Doni had a good chance at the other end.
All in all, we played a great game. Italy only had two chances before we took the lead, and they scored off one of them.
Pletikosa- looked a little shaky going in, didn't handle the high balls with great skill, great saves in the first and at the end of the game.
Simunic- Also looked shaky, was solid in the air and on the ground, only Vieri beat him, and scored.
Tomas- kept Totti invisible, need I say more?
Saric- excellent forward runs, showed some skill and solid defensively. It'll be interesting to see if Zivkovic plays against Ecuador
R. Kovac- one of the best today, solid as always.
Soldo- one good shot, usual good play defensively from our veteran
N. Kovac- great skills, wanted more and tried as best he could, top marks for effort. Good game all in all.
Jarni- this is the Robert we're used to, set up the first goal and nobody broke our left side.
Vugrinec- Great first half, good chance and excellent skills. All in all, a great asset in the team.
Rapaic- great game on the left for Miki, he broke them down, took good corners from both sides, excellent goal and some chances that are worthy a mention. According to some, our best player today.
Boksic- BORBENO ALENE !!! TO LEGENDO !! Good effort from Boka today, he dazzled 'em with some silky moves and good passes. All in all, vise nego prolazno
Subs played well, Simic and Vranjes made no mistakes.
OLIC !!! what a start, blinding speed and great technique, first goal for Croatia in competitive competition.
We outplayed Italy, not by a huge margain, but outplayed nonetheless.
I commend Jozic on his strategy today. However, I think the passed two games shows how important the firendlies were prior to the World Cup and how we should have played better teams, such as those that were in the WC or WC capable. We played crappy teams with our older players and won. Therefore, it seemed they would be fine during the WC. If we played good teams, they would have realized that we needed fresh blood and could have tested Olic and others extensively. If this was done, there would probably have been a different line-up for Mexico and another win for us.
I'm just proud of the way our guys played. Showed heart, determination and played some attractive football... I liked how Vranjes and Olic were brought on... We suddenly looked like a very young team with a bright future ahead.
We still have to get the win against Ecuador though as I'm sure they will be very tough and I hope it doesn't turn out to be a let down game.
Pletikosa - he played well and made a few good saves.
Defence - The benefit of a 3 man defence is they're all central defenders and can move anywhere in the line. Simunic did a great job on Vieri, except for the goal. Tomas had a great game and also marked Vieri well when he needed to. Kovac is Kovac and was solid as usual.
Midfield - I actually thought Saric played well, much better than I expected and I prefer him to Zivkovic for the next game. Soldo was solid as usual and I was most impressed with Niko Kovac. He fought so hard again and won a lot of tackles and his passing was even excellent. His stock is rising in my eyes, 2 great games in the WC! Jarni did well, after all it was his cross that got Olic the goal. Rapaic was excellent, this is the kind of form he doesn't show often enough and as good as he was, he could play even better and that's saying a lot of this man's talent.
Attack - Boka came to play today and was involved in a lot of activity. He had nice passes as well and some good crosses. Vuga played a good game, not up to par for him, but still a good game.
Olic played great when he came in, not only a goal but caused headaches for the Italian defence. What an impressive WC debut for the 22 year old! Vranjes also did well when he came in, didn't play for too long but he was solid. Simic did well in the defence and it was something to see the game ending with 4 central defenders.
Maybe the Mexico game was good for us after all. Jozic made the changes he needed, played more offensive with different players and not only did we win, but we played better than the Italians and it isn't easy to do. Beating Italy after being down by a goal in the second half is not easy to do so it's really a great accomplishment.
We've proven we can play with the best of em and now we have to keep this form against Ecuador. They only managed one shot on goal against Italy and it was very late in the game.