Witness the complete playback and highlights of the match between Croatia and Armenia. This event is part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, specifically Group D – Matchday 10. The match commenced at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. The referee for this thrilling encounter was Ivan Kružliak from Slovakia, and the venue was the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb.
Croatia vs Armenia Full Match Reports
Croatia solidified their presence in a remarkable sixth consecutive UEFA European Championship, clinching a 1-0 victory over Armenia at the illustrious Stadion Maksimir, with Ante Budimir’s clinical strike proving decisive.
Zlatko Dalić’s squad entered the encounter aware that a parallel outcome with Wales would secure their automatic qualification. However, an early goal from Neco Williams against Turkey intensified the pressure on the home team, momentarily dropping them to third place in the standings. Despite this setback, Croatia showcased promise with a dominant initiation. Ognjen Čančarević showcased brilliance by thwarting Andrej Kramarić’s formidable strike, followed by a commendable save against Marcelo Brozović’s header.
The hosts, in pursuit of a goal to reclaim a top-two position, encountered difficulties penetrating the resilient Armenian defense. A moment of potential shock unfolded as Kamo Hovhannisyan surged into the box, only to be thwarted by Dominik Livaković’s acrobatic save. This incited a response from the hosts, with Luka Ivanušec’s first-time strike narrowly missing the mark. The stadium exhaled collectively when Budimir, in the 43rd minute, powered home a header from Borna Sosa’s precise cross, propelling Dalić’s side to the group’s summit before halftime.
Keen to secure victory and stave off any potential equalizer, Croatia intensified their efforts. Luka Modrić, orchestrating brilliance in midfield, directed the hosts’ forward momentum. Čančarević thwarted Joško Gvardiol’s attempt, and Budimir narrowly missed adding to the tally. Despite their persistent offensive maneuvers, Croatia settled for a solitary goal, ensuring their ascent to the second spot in the group stage and a prestigious 13th major tournament appearance. Conversely, Armenia, under Oleksandr Petrakov’s spirited guidance, faced their sixth consecutive winless match across various competitions.
Man of the Match: Luka Modrić (Croatia).