Croatia recorded a comfortable victory over Ireland and go top of Group C.
Slaven Bilic used Vedran Corluka in the centre of defence and played Darijo Srna in his traditional position of right-back in order to play Ivan Rakitic on the right of midfield, and used Ognjen Vukojevic as his holding midfielder.
Giovanni Trapattoni announced his XI days ago, and they started as expected (with 1-11 on their backs).
Set-pieces played a large part here, but Croatia were the better side – more inventive with their passing, cleverer with their movement, more ruthless in the penalty box. Read more »